Despite being known as one of the more violent fighters in present day MMA, one thing that MacDonald believes he has lost is the killer instinct.
“I don’t know what it is. … It’s hard for me to pull the trigger now, I guess,” MacDonald said in a post-fight interview (via Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie). “I don’t have that killer inside. It’s really hard to explain, but I hesitate now a little bit. I don’t know what to say. It wasn’t my best performance.”
MacDonald has picked up twenty wins as a professional MMA fighter, with fourteen of them coming by a mix of KO/TKO and submission.
The welterweight champion credits his ever increasing faith as a reason behind the lack of killer instinct.
“As a man, I feel like God has really called me the last little while,” he said. “I don’t know. He’s changed my spirit, changed my heart. It takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain. I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore. I don’t know what it is. It’s confusing, but I know the Lord has something in store for me. He was speaking to me in here tonight. I don’t know. It’s a different feeling.”
Neiman Gracie is next for the welterweight champion and they are expected to clash later this summer.