Rory MacDonald

February 22nd, 2017
James Lynch

Ronda Rousey lands role on NBC series ‘Blindspot’ Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has landed a guest role on the TV crime-drama series “Blindspot,” which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. The 30-year-old former women’s bantamweight champion will appear on Season 2, Episode 20 scheduled for early May.  This isn’t the first…

February 10th, 2017
James Lynch

Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald headlines Bellator 179 in London Bellator officially announced on Thursday that former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald will make his promotional debut against Paul “Semtex” Daley on May 19th. MacDonald (18-4) heads into this matchup off back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. The 27-year old will be looking…

October 24th, 2016
Matty

Last week, I wrote my thoughts on Georges St-Pierre potentially leaving the UFC due to an ongoing contract dispute. This week, I was not too surprised to read that the man who ultimately replaced GSP as the welterweight champion — Johny Hendricks — also come out recently and say he plans to retire if he loses his next fight against Neil Magny…

August 25th, 2016
James Lynch

Rory MacDonald reportedly signs with Bellator MMA Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald is set to sign with Bellator according to FloCombat. In addition, MMAJunkie confirmed with a UFC official that the Las Vegas based promotion declined to match a contract offer that Bellator had given the Canadian fighter. MacDonald (18-4) went 9-4 during his UFC tenure including wins over Demian…

July 4th, 2016
Gabe Killian

There’s a new MacDonald in the life of Canada’s “Red King” Rory MacDonald. The former UFC welterweight title challenger welcomed a baby girl into the world early Sunday morning. MacDonald’s head coach at Montreal’s TriStar Gym broke the news on social media via Twitter: “Welcome to @rory_macdonald and Olivia’s new arrival. God bless! Rory you…

June 18th, 2016
James Lynch

In a regular feature on MMAOddsBreaker I asked other professional MMA fighters who they think would win in Saturdays UFC Ottawa main event between Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson . I spoke to the following fighters. James Vick – UFC lightweight – 00:00:09 Peter Barrett – Cage Titans lightweight – 00:00:40 Chris Camozzi – UFC…

June 18th, 2016
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs Thompson Date: June 18, 2016 Arena: The Arena at TD Place City: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Welterweight bout: Rory MacDonald (-105) vs Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (-115) Fight Breakdown: The UFC Fight Night 89 main event will be a welterweight title eliminator between former title challenger Rory MacDonald and rising star…

June 17th, 2016
Jay Primetown

Prior to each UFC fight card, Jay Primetown takes a look at some of the key contests at each event. In the latest installment, we look at the main event of UFC Fight Night 89 in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa as Rory Macdonald battles Stephen Thompson in a clash of two of the sport’s…

June 16th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Join leading MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas and MMA journalist Brian Hemminger for the best source of insider MMA betting and fantasy sports analysis: The Premium OddsCast, presented by 5Dimes. Our UFC Fight Night 89 betting podcast gives detailed picks, bets and breakdowns for the entire fight card in two parts. – Part one is available for free…

June 16th, 2016
Brad Taschuk

At first it seemed like any other MMA Analysis: We were making fun of Lance not showing up, then breaking down some fights, but then a funny thing happened… LANCE ACTUALLY SHOWED UP! That’s right folks, the forearms feared all around the world of Women’s MMA are back! In honor of this momentous occasion, we…

March 16th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is going on a three week hiatus after this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 85 event, but there are still plenty of fights to get excited about in the coming weeks and months. UFC on Fox 19 will take place on April 16th and will feature several high profile bouts including a rematch between…

March 7th, 2016
James Lynch

Video Highlights: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor (UFC 196)    Video Highlights: Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm (UFC 196)    Video Highlights: UFC 196 post fight presser   Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Wonderboy Thompson headline UFC Ottawa UFC President Dana White announced Friday that  Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson will headline UFC Fight Night 89 in the promotions…

March 4th, 2016
James Lynch

Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson fight is under discussion UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani reports that discussion is underway for a potential matchup between Rory MacDonald and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Thompson (12-1) last saw action earning the most impressive performance of his career. The 33-year old is coming off the a first-round TKO finish over former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks….

July 13th, 2015
Adam Martin.

This is a sample of some of the UFC 189 prop bets that cashed big for bettors. To bet on props like these in the future, go to the ‘Props’ section under ‘Fighting’ at 5Dimes Sportsbook.   Robbie Lawler wins in round 5 (+3000) In the co-main event, Robbie Lawler stopped Rory MacDonald in the fifth round…

July 13th, 2015
Adam Martin.

These were the three biggest surprises and the three biggest disappointments from UFC 189. The Surprises Robbie Lawler — Every time Lawler is counted out, he seems to come through with flying colors. Lawler and Rory MacDonald went all-out for four full rounds of bloody MMA for the welterweight title, but in the fifth Lawler…

July 12th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It was a slow start for Ireland on Saturday night, but Conor McGregor sent all of the travelling fans home happy after dispatching Chad Mendes in the second round of their interim featherweight title bout, and capped off one of the greatest UFC cards in recent memory. McGregor has been calling himself a future champion…

July 12th, 2015
Adam Martin.

UFC 189 was stacked on paper, and not surprisingly the card was absolutely fantastic in play, especially the pay-per-view portion of the card, which featured five finishes in five fights. Let’s start out with the Fight Pass prelims. Both of the fights, a lightweight bout between Yosdenis Cedeno and Cody Pfister and a flyweight bout…

July 12th, 2015
Adam Martin.

UFC 189 took place Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and overall it was one of the best cards of the year as it featured a main card that included five finishes in five fights as well as a solid preliminary card. Overall from a betting perspective, six favorites and…

July 11th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

This column highlights five past bouts from fighters competing on this weekend’s UFC 189. These fights represent some of the highest moments in the careers of their respective participants, and should serve to pique your interest heading into the event. With the stacked card coming up on Saturday, it almost seems pointless to put this…

July 8th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The busiest week of the year for the UFC results in a busy week for the MMA Analysis, but somehow your hosts manage to cram 20 fight breakdowns into just over an hour and a half. There was still plenty of time left over to talk about show favorites Neil Magny and Khabib Nurmagomedov too….

July 8th, 2015
Adam Martin.

The co-main event of UFC 189 is a five-round title fight between UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory MacDonald. According to the current betting lines available at 5Dimes Sportsbook, MacDonald is a -190 favorite (bet $190 to win $100) while Lawler is a +165 underdog (bet $100 to win $165). MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas…

July 7th, 2015
Gabe Killian

UFC 189 Date: July 11, 2015 Arena: MGM Grand Garden Arena City: Las Vegas, NV The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is headed back to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, July 11th for UFC 189. The stacked card will feature 11 bouts in its entirety, including two title fights. Main…

June 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Although it seemed as late as Wednesday night that the featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor was in jeopardy, the show will go on, and the interest in UFC 189 has never been higher. There is so much that has already been said about this fight, and it will continue to garner…

June 17th, 2015
James Lynch

On this extra edition of The Parting Shot Podcast brought to you by MMAOddsBreaker.com and partners at LastWordOnSports.com, I (@LynchOnSports) spoke with former UFC fighter Nick Osipczak, who returns to to action on June 27th against Kyle Redfearn in the main event of Macto Championships. Osipczak talked about a variety of topics in this 10 minute interview – His return…

March 7th, 2015
Adam Martin.

UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor Date: July 11, 2015 Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena Broadcast: PPV UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler Robbie Lawler (25-10, 1 NC) is one of the last of the old guard as a Miletich Fighting System pupil, born out of the Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver and Tim Sylvia fighting school…

February 20th, 2015
Adam Martin.

It was a busy week in fight announcements for the UFC and a few newly-announced bouts slipped through the cracks of the daily Odds and Ends. So for Friday’s edition of the column, I’ll list the fights I missed and give my quick thoughts on them. Joanne Calderwood vs. Maryna Moroz, UFC Fight Night 64…

February 16th, 2015
James Lynch

It’s easy to be frustrated these days if you’re a MMA fan north of the border. When the news broke last week that Canadian Rory MacDonald was removed from UFC 186 in Montreal, you could hear the collective groans from Canucks coast to coast. Bad luck or not, the reaction remains similar for what’s been…

February 6th, 2015
Adam Martin.

UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 Date: July 25, 2015 Location: Chicago, Illinois Venue: United Center Broadcast: FOX UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw A former NCAA Division I wrestler and current Team Alpha Male member, T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) took the MMA world by storm in 2013 when he defeated UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao via fifth-round…

January 19th, 2015
Adam Martin.

UFC 186 was announced over the weekend with seven bouts confirmed for the card. The event takes place August 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and will air on pay-per-view. Here are the seven bouts, along with my initial thoughts: TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao The main event features the rematch between TJ…

November 29th, 2014
Gabe Killian

Showing that he is more human than “Canadian Psycho”, Rory MacDonald on Tuesday (11/25/14) revealed that he suffers from a serious fear of needles. In an interview with UFC color commentator and comedian Joe Rogan on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, MacDonald opened up about his fear, admitting to having passed out during multiple…

October 9th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Rory MacDonald will finally get the chance to fight for UFC gold, as UFC president Dana White announced on Thursday the young Canadian is next in line for a title shot. White told media Thursday that MacDonald, who is coming off of a brutal knockout victory over Tarec Saffiedine and three-straight wins overall, will fight…

October 8th, 2014
Jay Primetown

The MMA-Analysis co-host Jay Primetown takes a look at the five biggest storylines to develop from UFC Fight Night 54 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. #5 New Blood at Bantamweight – In a division that is really starting to heat up, Halifax saw a pair of young under-30 bantamweights finish in impressive fashion. In the opening…

October 6th, 2014
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 54 was live from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada this past Saturday (October, 4, 2014) night with an 12 fight card and produced a night of exciting fights, including five finishes. Now with the solid night of scraps behind us, let’s take a look at a few potential match-ups for some of the…

October 6th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Surprises and Disappointments is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every UFC event, highlighting three fighters who had surprising performances and three fighters who disappointed. Here were the three biggest surprises and the three biggest disappointments from UFC Fight Night 54. Surprises Li Jingliang — He did lose, but I was still pleasantly surprised by Li Jingiang’s performance…

October 6th, 2014
James Lynch

On Episode 73, myself (@LynchOnSports) and Adam (@MMAdamMartin) welcome Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima to discuss his injuries and when he’ll be fighting next. Then The MMA Analysis co-host Jay Primetown joins the show to recap all the UFC action from Saturday and talk about his new articles that will appear weekly on MMA Oddsbreaker. The Big Three 1)  Rory MacDonald…

October 5th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Five crazy prop bets is a column featured on MMAOddsbreaker.com after every UFC event that highlights the biggest underdog prop bets to cash out from that card Here’s five crazy UFC Fight Night 54 bets that cashed big based on the closing odds at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Rory MacDonald wins in round 3 (+1000) In the main event of…

October 5th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

The UFC put together a summer marathon that began on August 16th and saw ten cards in eight consecutive weeks, capped off by a doubleheader in Stockholm and Halifax. After the Swedish card, it looked like the organization was going to leave us longing for more UFC over the next three weeks leading up to…

October 5th, 2014
Adam Martin.

UFC Fight Night 54 took place tonight at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the card mostly delivered as it featured some really nasty finishes on the prelims, although to be fair the main card dragged on as most fights went to decision — that is, until the main event. From a betting…

October 4th, 2014
Gabe Killian

UFC Fight Night 54 Date: October 4, 2014 Arena: Scotiabank Centre City: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with another double-header on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden and UFC Fight Night 54 in Nova Scotia. UFC Fight Night 54 will be live from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a…

October 4th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

We’ve been keeping busy this week as UFC Fight Night 54 draws close, so it’s only fair that you get a one-stop shop for all the articles we’ve posted for the event, which goes down tonight (October 4, 2014) from the Scotiabank Arena in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and features a huge welterweight showdown between…

October 4th, 2014
Brad Taschuk

Here’s hoping that MMA fans don’t have any plans for a social life on Saturday. Starting just after noon, UFC Fight Night 53 will have 11 fights from Sweden, which should end somewhere around 5pm ET. Then you’ll have about two hours to eat, perhaps bathe yourself, and just maybe tell your loved ones that…

October 3rd, 2014
Adam Martin.

The main event of UFC Fight Night 54 is a five-round welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine. According to the current betting lines available at 5Dimes Sportsbook, MacDonald is a -500 favorite (bet $500 to win $100) while Saffiedine is a +400 underdog (bet $100 to win $400). MMA linesetter Nick Kalikas opened up MacDonald at…

October 2nd, 2014
Brian Hemminger

Join leading MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas, Fight Scientist Reed Kuhn and MMA journalist Brian Hemminger for the best source of insider MMA analysis: The Premium OddsCast, presented by 5Dimes. Our UFC Fight Night 54 betting podcast gives detailed picks, bets and breakdowns for the entire fight card in two parts. – Part one is available…

October 2nd, 2014
Reed Kuhn

UFC Fight Night 54 October 4, 2014 Bantamweight Matchup: Raphael Assuncao vs Bryan Caraway By @fightnomics   Big Picture:  In the co-main event from Halifax, two ranked Bantamweight fighters are facing off when #4 ranked Raphael Assuncao meets #10 ranked Bryan Caraway. Each man has built up a win streak and hopes to move up…

October 2nd, 2014
Brad Taschuk

UFC 178 will be a distant memory by the time Pedro Munhoz and Jerrod Sanders step into the Octagon for the UFC’s first ever fight in Eastern Canada. With the UFC coming to town, Halifax, Nova Scotia will host its biggest fights since Trevor Berbick was coming up the heavyweight boxing scene in the late…

October 2nd, 2014
Adam Martin.

The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 54 is a three-round bantamweight bout between Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway. According to the current betting lines available at 5Dimes Sportsbook, Assuncao is a -280 favorite (bet $280 to win $100) while Caraway is a +200 underdog (bet $100 to win $200). MMA linesetter Nick Kalikas opened up Assuncao…

September 25th, 2014
Adam Martin.

UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine Date: October 4, 2014 Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Venue: Scotiabank Centre Broadcast: FS1 UFC Welterweight Contender Rory MacDonald A man who many consider the future of the UFC welterweight division, Rory MacDonald (17-2) is just 25 years of age, with his only losses coming against former UFC interim welterweight champion…

August 10th, 2014
James Lynch

On Episode 65 myself (@LynchOnSports) & guest host Carlin Bardsley (@CarlinBardsley) welcome Titan FC featherweight Lloyd Woodard to talk about his upcoming fight against Kurt Holobaugh at Titan FC 29. Then Titan FC welterweight Bristol Marunde joins us to talk about his Titan FC 29 fight against Micah Miller. The Big Three  1) Jon Jones & Daniel…

August 1st, 2014
Brad Taschuk

When the UFC announced plans to hold an event in Halifax for the first time, many expected that T.J. Grant would end up headlining. The Nova Scotia native was on a five-fight win streak and scheduled to face Benson Henderson for the lightweight title back in 2013, but a concussion suffered in training camp for…

June 17th, 2014
Brian Hemminger

With UFC Fight Night 42 and UFC 174Finale taking place over the past two weeks, the MMAOddsBreaker rankings were bound to get shaken up. MMA Oddsbreaker’s Brian Hemminger (@BrianHemminger) and Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) have taken over the reigns of the rankings, which are updated after nearly every UFC event. As always, we only show changes…

June 16th, 2014
James Lynch

On Episode 57 myself (@LynchOnSports) and Adam (@MMAdamMartin) are joined by Pat Cwiklinski of The Province (@PatCwiklinski)  to recap all the action from last nights UFC 174 event in Vancouver.   The Big Three with guest Pat Cwiklinski  1) Demetrious Johnson defends his title against Ali Bagautinov. Fans walked out during the fight. Who do you blame? 2) Rory…