Rory MacDonald sustained some pretty grotesque injuries on Saturday before getting knocked out in the fifth round by UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, in what many claim to be one of the greatest fights in the history of the welterweight division.
The two spent the better part of five rounds beating the absolute piss out of each other, painting the canvas red with each other’s blood. MacDonald had actually been winning the fight 39-37 at the time he was knocked out, but he surely sustained more severe injuries.
Both fighters were sent to the hospital after the fight, where UFC President Dana White reported the injuries.
“Robbie Lawler’s lip, if you could’ve been in the Octagon and saw this lip, he would talk and this part of the lip would move and the other part wouldn’t. [Rory MacDonald’s] nose was broken. They asked him, when Rory got out back, they said, ‘what year is it?’ He didn’t know what year it was. First of all, it was a war. And a complete display of chin, heart, grit, dogged determination, and the will to win from both guys. When you talk about (the best) fights ever, that’s what I’m talking about.”
Dana White says Rory MacDonald’s nose got broken in the first round. Couldn’t see or breathe. Afterward, he didn’t know what year it was.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) July 12, 2015
I think I’ll pass on dinner tonight. Thanks, though.
UPDATE 7/27 — This pic is of Craig Ninow in 2013:
These pics of Rory, however, are legit:
— UFC (@ufc) July 12, 2015
[h/t Bleacher Report]