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Everyone—or almost everyone—loves a good origin story. From the New Testament to the neverending deaths of Bruce Wayne’s parents and Peter Parker’s uncle, we’re fascinated by the catalysts, epiphanies, and pivotal moments that make people who they are.
With that in mind, Fightland has started talking to our favorite professional and amateur fighters and enthusiasts about the first big defining moment that started them on their martial arts journeys. Whether it was their first sanctioned bout, their first sparring session, or even some random scrap on the street or playground, when did these future warriors first realize that combat was something that they wanted to—and could—do?
In today’s My First Fight, we talk to UFC (for now) welterweight Rory MacDonald about a single class that changed everything.
It borders on the melodramatic to say that Rory MacDonald will be fighting for his life when he steps into the Octagon to face Stephen Thompson in the main event at the sold out UFC Fight Night in Ottawa, Canada on June 18, but he’s certainly fighting for his livelihood. The fight is the last in his current contract with the UFC, and the soon-to-be free agent knows that a win over his friend and fellow contender for a shot at the welterweight crown will be a very effective bargaining tool as he faces the next step in his career.
“This one has a different feel to it. After the last fight, I guess I’m taking it a little more serious financially, taking it a little bit more serious at that end,” MacDonald says of the bout. “This is my job, too, at the end of the day. As much fun as it is training and the success, the ups and downs, and the whole process of it, this career is ….View full article