Whereas the Skilled Fighters League is on hiatus as a consequence of COVID-19, coaching and household are protecting Canadian MMA fighter Rory (Pink King) MacDonald busy.

The 30-year-old welterweight gives a have a look at his life in “Pink King Rundown,” a six-part digital collection from the PFL that begins Tuesday.

It is a bite-sized present, with every episode lasting about 5 minutes. The PFL says it’s a mixture of footage shot by MacDonald on his telephone, Zoom interviews with the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Randy (The Pure) Couture and Douglas Lima, and archival footage from MacDonald’s profession.

“Pink King Rundown” will air on the PFL’s YouTube channel.

“There’s household stuff in there,” stated MacDonald, whose children will flip one and 4 this summer season. “I am actually unsure how they edited it. I have not seen it both but … It ought to be a fairly cool present. I am excited to see how they put issues collectively.”

With the PFL asserting in April that it’s pushing again its 2020 season to subsequent spring, the group has regarded to provide authentic MMA content material by way of its newly fashioned PFL Studios.

MacDonald has additionally began his personal YouTube channel, providing boxing and jiu-jitsu tutorials in addition to highlights.

In contrast to different MMA organizations, the PFL is primarily based round a marketing campaign somewhat than particular person battle playing cards. A daily season is adopted by playoffs and a championship that includes fighters squaring off for a title and US$1-million purse.

“It retains me hungry and motivated,” MacDonald stated of the performance-based format. “It is a busy schedule … I do know I’ll have issues lined up forward of time. I haven’t got to guess once I’m up subsequent. I’ve one thing to organize for all 12 months lengthy.

“So I am actually wanting ahead to it. I’ll be having my greatest years forward of me within the subsequent couple of years, I feel.”

In 2019, the common season featured playing cards in Could, June, July and August. The highest eight fighters in every weight class superior to the single-elimination playoffs in October with two then advancing to the New 12 months’s Eve finals.

Ray (Bradda Boy) Cooper III gained the welterweight title, defeating David (Bulldawg) Michaud by second-round TKO. Cooper misplaced the 2018 last to Russian Magomed Magomedkerimov.

“They’ve a very good division,” MacDonald stated of the PFL 170-pounders. “I feel a number of the highest guys can compete on the very best stage anyplace. I’ll need to be at my greatest. And plus I need to go on the market and present that I’m nonetheless one of many high welterweights on this planet.” 

MacDonald (21-6-1) had been slated to make his PFL debut June Three in Halifax.

“I used to be fairly enthusiastic about it, to be trustworthy. I fought in Halifax as soon as earlier than and it was an awesome present,” stated MacDonald, who beat Tarec Saffiedine at a UFC present in October 2014 within the Nova Scotia capital.

MacDonald joined the PFL in December from Bellator, the place he gained and misplaced the welterweight title. He was a high 170-pound contender within the UFC previous to that, dropping a memorable title bout with (Ruthless) Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July 2015.

PFL chairman Peter Murray has known as MacDonald “a game-changer for the PFL.”

A B.C. native who now calls Montreal residence, MacDonald defended his Bellator title twice earlier than dropping to Lima, the previous champion, final outing in October 2019.

MacDonald says he’s again to his regular coaching routine, with the Tristar gymnasium open to a small group of fighters, as he awaits a return to motion. 

“I am simply attempting to get higher, to be trustworthy,” he stated. “Firstly of this quarantine, I used to be actually attempting to only enhance on issues that I really feel I wanted to work on. Simply attempting to get myself higher. As a result of there’s actually nothing else you are able to do. When you sit round ready, you are simply getting additional behind.”

The PFL says it’s paying a month-to-month money stipend to its fighters to assist assist all through 2020.

MacDonald’s file in Bellator was 3-2-1. His different defeat got here by the hands of middleweight champion Gegard (The Dreamcatcher) Mousasi at Bellator 206 in September 2018.

He stated he plans to remain at welterweight, though he didn’t low cost a transfer as much as middleweight later in his profession — saying if he does go up in weight, he would practice otherwise than final time.

“I do not assume I used to be in the suitable mindset to battle at middleweight, particularly a man like Mousasi, at the moment.” 


This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 29, 2020.

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