Top welterweight Rory MacDonald spoke about PEDs in MMA.
Rory MacDonald doesn’t usually say a lot during interviews, but he did let loose a bit on his brief but direct responses during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session. The top ranked welterweight answered questions about performance enhancing drugs, saying that “it’s a true shame to see grown ass men and women doing that.”
When specifically asked about his Fight of the Year bout with Robbie Lawler back at UFC 189, Rory said “I’m convinced he was” on PEDs during that match.
The current Bellator fighter didn’t elaborate on the accusation, but for what it’s worth, USADA was still just starting to implement its new policies back then, and both Lawler and MacDonald weren’t tested by the company for their July 2015 bout.
Lawler has fought three more times since then, and has passed a total of 19 tests from USADA in 2 years. He is 2-1 in that stretch with a KO loss to Tyron Woodley, and close decision wins over Carlos Condit and Donald Cerrone.
MacDonald also discussed a recent high profile drug test failure, calling Jon Jones testing positive for anabolic steroids “shameful, like every other guy that does this crap and hides it, yet gloats during victory.”
The 28-year-old signed with Bellator last year because they had a better offer during free agency. He says he expects to face Douglas Lima for the welterweight title next, followed by a champion vs champion bout at middleweight against the winner of Gegard Mousasi vs Rafael Carvalho.