Rory MacDonald challenged then UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler for the gold at UFC 189, but the Canadian suffered a fifth round TKO loss.
The welterweight star has since said the champion was on PED’s during their fight and it is a statement he stands by to this day.
“I’m convinced he was,” MacDonald said to MMA Fighting. “He never slowed down. I would hurt him and his output was high, high, high and he never really lost power and endurance. He just kept the pace and kept the power no matter how hurt or tired he was. He always was recovered very fast. It made me very suspicious. Obviously, I think Robbie is a tank of a person. He’s got that fire and that will and the rage and that anger in him that burns and pushes him through those hard moments. He’s an absolute warrior. I’m not disagreeing with that. But I do believe he was taking some sh*t.”
Lawler was drug tested leading to, during and after the event, the former champion passed all of those tests.
Even though MacDonald is making claims on a fight that happened a few years back, the fighter says that he isn’t crying about the whole situation.
“I’m totally not crying about it,” MacDonald said. “If you’re gonna ask me, do I think Robbie Lawler takes performance-enhancing drugs? Absolutely, I do. And I absolutely think he was on something when we fought.”
Bellator MMA: Lima vs. MacDonald takes place on Saturday, January 20 from The Forum in Inglewood, California with Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.