One of the best welterweights in the world now resides in Bellator, where he is about to challenge for the welterweight title. He’s not just content with earning the belt that alluded him in the UFC, he has aspirations of an unprecedented triple crown title in by taking belts in three divisions. Still, his infamous fight with Robbie Lawler will always follow him. Earlier this month, he accused Lawler of being on performance enhancing drugs during their fight. Recently, he’s opened up more about his accusation.
“I’M CONVINCED HE WAS. HE NEVER SLOWED DOWN. I WOULD HURT [ROBBIE LAWLER] AND HIS OUTPUT WAS HIGH, HIGH, HIGH AND HE NEVER REALLY LOST POWER AND ENDURANCE. HE JUST KEPT THE PACE AND KEPT THE POWER NO MATTER HOW HURT OR TIRED HE WAS. HE ALWAYS WAS RECOVERED VERY FAST. IT MADE ME VERY SUSPICIOUS. OBVIOUSLY, I THINK ROBBIE IS A TANK OF A PERSON. HE’S GOT THAT FIRE AND THAT WILL AND THE RAGE AND THAT ANGER IN HIM THAT BURNS AND PUSHES HIM THROUGH THOSE HARD MOMENTS. HE’S AN ABSOLUTE WARRIOR. I’M NOT DISAGREEING WITH THAT. BUT I DO BELIEVE HE WAS TAKING SOME SH-T.”
“I DIDN’T CALL SO AND SO AND SO AND SO SOMEONE [FROM HIS CAMP] WHO WAS ON PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS. I DON’T HAVE AN ISSUE WITH WHATEVER. SOMEONE ASKED ME, ‘DO I THINK ROBBIE LAWLER IS ON STEROIDS?’ YEAH, I DO. THAT’S IT. I’M TOTALLY NOT CRYING ABOUT IT. IF YOU’RE GONNA’ ASK ME, DO I THINK ROBBIE LAWLER TAKES PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS? ABSOLUTELY, I DO. AND I ABSOLUTELY THINK HE WAS ON SOMETHING WHEN WE FOUGHT.” —RORY MACDONALD SPEAKING WITH MMA FIGHTING.
Regardless if the accusation is true or not — Robbie Lawler hasn’t been flagged by USADA in his career —there’s no arguing that Lawler is a freak. Both men are. Their fight at UFC 189 was one of the most incredible fights in MMA history. While MacDonald may regret losing and not walking away with that UFC welterweight fight, there were two winners that night.
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 9/30/2017.