See Twitter react to Rory MacDonald making a giant return to the cage at PFL 2
After signing with the Skilled Fighters League (PFL) in December 2019, and the deliberate 2020 PFL season being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rory MacDonald has lastly made his PFL debut. And he begins off 2021 with six factors within the PFL welterweight standings because of a first-round submission of Curtis Millender in the primary occasion of PFL 2.
MacDonald entered the PFL off a six-fight stint within the Bellator, the place he defeated Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight world championship. He retained the title twice within the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, battling Jon Fitch to a draw and defeating Neiman Gracie earlier than dropping the title again to Lima within the ultimate.
Like MacDonald, Millender can also be a UFC vet. He scored a knockout of Thiago Alves and determination wins over Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada earlier than dropping to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Belal Muhammad. After being reduce by the UFC, he returned to Bellator for a pair of fights, defeating Moses Murrietta and dropping to Sabah Homasi.
The MMA neighborhood reacts to Rory MacDonald scoring first-round submission of Curtis Millender to win PFL debut at PFL 2
The 2 felt one another out to start out issues off, with Millender seemingly getting the higher of no matter strikes had been thrown on the ft.
Ultimately, MacDonald went in for a takedown, and regardless of some resistance from Millender, MacDonald was capable of rating it and go for a submission try.
MacDonald managed to get to Millender’s again and locked in a rear-naked choke, forcing the tapout.