"Paul is one of the best guys that I've fought, and I had to be on point and at my best".
Canada's Rory MacDonald submitted Britain's Paul Daley in the second round of their fight on Friday at Bellator 179. Daley posed a serious knockout punch, however, he was fully neutralised and unable to land a significant shot during the fight.
MacDonald (19-4) earned his first win in over two years and earned a shot at the victor of the welterweight title fight between champion Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC on June 24 from Madison Square Garden.
The Canadian dominated the fight on the ground and eventually forced a tap from Daley, due to a rear-naked choke, after 1:45 of the second round.
With this win, "Red King" is locked in to meet the victor of Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin for the welterweight championship.
Michael Venom Page and Paul Daley sparked a mini brawl at Bellator 179 after the two clashed cageside in London. After the brief scuffle happens, Daley is taken away by security. Daley challenged Page to a fight in an expletive-laced post-match interview.
Cheick Kongo, typically, nearly sent the fans at Wembley Arena to sleep, with his points victory over Augustine Sakai. And finally, Baby Slice, the son of the late Kimbo Slice, looked very impressive in his first round TKO win over D.J Griffin.