Rory MacDonald finally got his hands on a recognisable MMA world championship title. But it came at a grim price.
The Canadian psycho (it's not his official nickname but it should be) left the UFC for Bellator in 2016.
His stint in the famed Octagon will be most remembered for his grueling title fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189, where he succumbed in the final round after absorbing a shitload of damage.
After making a successful debut under the Bellator banner vs. British slugger Paul Daley, MacDonald earned a shot at champion Douglas Lima.
And while he grabbed the Bellator welterweight title off the Brazilian on Saturday night, it was another tough outing.
Lima, the champion, targeted MacDonald's lower body with brutal leg-kicks. He was relentless with the low-kicks. And the accumulation of kicks took it's toll on MacDonald's leg.
The challenger developed a gnarly hematoma right on his shin but MacDonald ultimately got the judges nod. And after the win, he was unable to stand on the leg and was carried back to the locker room.
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He later took to social media to confirm the severity of his injury. Fortunately, it wasn't broken.
Much respect to the pair of fighters. Once the five-round war was in the books, Lima and MacDonald took to Instagram posting brilliant messages.
MacDonald's teammate 'GSP' also paid tribute to his performance over the weekend.
Thanks for a great fight, lads.