“The greatest moment of my life.”
This is what MacDonald admitted during a recent interview when asked about what he felt about his fight against Robbie Lawler last July 11 in Las Vegas. Even though MacDonald lost his welterweight MMA title during this fight, he said that he learned a lot from the bout and it really showed him who he really was.
“The best experience, it was a real experience, it showed me who I was. It was the best moment of my entire life. Obviously I’m disappointed that I didn’t win, I wasn’t able to push through and stop him, but at the end of the day, it was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m grateful for it,” he added.
MacDonald said that he didn’t disagree with the results given by the judges. In fact, he found the scorecards to be accurate. He also admitted that he avoids getting caught up in the “what if” scenarios, but instead, respect his MMA opponent and learn from what happened inside the octagon.
“The reality is, he stopped me. I wasn’t slipping his punches when I should have been, I wasn’t using good technique and movement, you know? The foot was keeping me stationary, and he did what he had to do. He’s the champ for a reason. I learned from it. I think it’s going to help me grow as a martial artist. It shows me what it’s going to take to be a champion, and the changes I need to make to get to that level, to get a little bit better so I can get to that level,” he continued.
Lawler has managed to knock the senses out of MacDonald using a straight left blow. The audience is used to blood spilling all over the place, but with MacDonald barely having the strength to prop himself up successfully, a lot of fans were left stunned. The MMA fight ended really bad for MacDonald that even Dana White admitted that MacDonald did not even knew what year it was. MacDonald, however, did not seem too disturbed with how the fight ended.
“He was really finding his spot with his left right on my nose. It was giving me shock waves through my brain and my body. It just stopped me. Never broken a bone in my life, so it was an interesting feeling to fight three rounds with a broken nose. I was doing okay until the fifth,” MacDonald admitted.
Throughout his career, MacDonald said that he had been called a lot of labels such as boring, exciting, and a lot more. He is aware that the fans are starting to recognize him now more than ever as well, but he knows that things can change with a bat of an eye.
“It seems like he gets a lot more love, before this fight I was ‘the boring guy,’ after the Jake [Ellenberger] fight. Even though I was knocking people out and getting Fight of the Night, people don’t give a s—, they hear one guy say that I had a boring fight, so now I’m ‘the boring guy,’ now I have a good fight, so I’m cool again. It’s all fickle. I don’t care. I know who I am. … My next fight could be f—— boring again and s—– and they could hate me again. Who knows,” he explained.
Aside from coming out from the fight with a fractured toe and a broken nose, MacDonald admitted that he also had an MCL injury during the fight. Putting these events behind him, MacDonald is optimistic that he will be in good shape come December and be ready to fight again.