Canadian MMA Rumor Mill – May 14, 2019
Rory MacDonald advanced to the semi-finals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix after a contentious majority draw against Jon Fitch. Some were not in agreement with MacDonald advancing in the tournament as the one judge that didn’t score the fight a draw had Fitch winning the bout by a score of 48-46. As we know a title can not change hands on a draw and thus MacDonald moves on.
MacDonald also raised some eyebrows in his post fight interview when he stated “I Don’t Know If I Have That Same Drive To Hurt People Anymore” which had some thinking he may be contemplating retirement. Alas MacDonald confirmed he will continue in the tournament and face Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222 on June 14 in New York City for the right to face Douglas Lima in the Finals!
…and now on to the rumors!
- UFC 240 is set for their second show in Edmonton, Alberta on July 27… Although unconfirmed, Max Holloway is expected to defend his Featherweight Title against Frankie Edgar in the main event.
- Randa Markos will return to the Octagon at UFC 239 on July 6 when she meets former title challenger Claudia Gadelha in a Strawweight matchup.
- Lance Gibson Jr has signed a contract with Bellator, the Lightweight has a 2-0 record as a pro and is the step-son of Bellator Women’s Featherweight champion Julia Budd!
- Bellator is now loaded up with BC fighters including Rory MacDonald, Julia Budd, Mandel Nallo and now Gibson Jr… Kajan Johnson is also a free agent and Scott Coker has expressed interest in bringing Bellator back to Canada! Get Tweeting and let’s show ’em you want it!
- Spencer Jebb will return at M1 Global Challenge 102 in St Petersburg Russia against Danila Prikaza in a Welterweight contest.
- Adam MacDougall will take on Manny Alfaro in a Bantamweight bout at Prospect Fighting Championships 10 on June 15 in Windsor.
- Tony Laramie will also join his brother TJ on the card when he meets Sam Debalke at Flyweight and Jo Petahtegoose takes on Theo Toney at Lightweight.
- Fight Night will be back with some big shows in Lethbridge on September 28 and January 25.
- BTC has their next events set for Ottawa on August 24 and Niagara Falls on November 30!