Like MacDonald, Millender is also a UFC vet.
CALGARY, AB – MARCH 25: Rory MacDonald talks to fans and media throughout the UFC 189 World Championship Press Tour at Flames Central on March 25, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images).
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After signing with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) in December 2019, and the planned 2020 PFL season being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rory MacDonald has actually finally made his PFL debut. And he begins off 2021 with 6 points in the PFL welterweight standings thanks to a first-round submission of Curtis Millender in the main event of PFL 2.
Curtis Milender could just share the cage with Rory in PFL … Theres levels to this video game #pflmma # 2021PFL2.
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MacDonald went into the PFL off a six-fight stint in the Bellator, where he defeated Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight world championship. He maintained the title twice in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, fighting Jon Fitch to a draw and defeating Neiman Gracie before dropping the title back to Lima in the final.
Like MacDonald, Millender is also a UFC veterinarian. He scored a knockout of Thiago Alves and decision wins over Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada before losing to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Belal Muhammad. After being cut by the UFC, he returned to Bellator for a set of fights, defeating Moses Murrietta and losing to Sabah Homasi.
The MMA community responds to Rory MacDonald scoring first-round submission of Curtis Millender to win PFL launching at PFL 2.
The 2 felt each other out to start things off, with Millender apparently overcoming whatever strikes were tossed on the feet.
Eventually, MacDonald went in for a takedown, and in spite of some resistance from Millender, MacDonald had the ability to score it and opt for a submission effort.
MacDonald handled to get to Millenders back and locked in a rear-naked choke, forcing the tapout.
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