The welterweight champion didn’t speak to the media after the event because he was transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.
That didn’t stop MacDonald from taking to twitter to issue a statement on his harrowing defeat:
Last night was a tough one for me, unfortunately I didnt mentally show up ready to take on a competitive fight and froze in the cage. In this sport you pay a high price if you’re not dialed in and ready to go. I have zero excuses, gegard was a fantastic champion last night.— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) September 30, 2018
I just wanted to give an update to those asking what happend in their last night. Thank you all for your support. God Bless— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) September 30, 2018
MacDoanld will probably now be shifting his focus to the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, which will see whomever the 170 pound champion is defend the gold in each round of the tournament. Mousasi will also be shifting his focus to Rafael Lovato Jr., whom Mousasi called the next top contender to the middleweight strap.