Rory “Red King” MacDonald grew-up in hockey rich Canada. Starting at a young age on the ice, he grew tired of the sport and as a young teen transitioned to martial arts, his true first love.

A goal scorer, a center, in youth hockey, MacDonald joined Toshido MMA in Kelowna, British Colombia, for his first martial arts class.

Once he stepped onto the mat he was hooked.

Hockey’s loss is MMA’s gain.

MacDonald, 31, displays an outstanding resume. He is a former Bellator welterweight champion and a former King of the Cage lightweight champ. He is also a former top UFC contender with a 9-4 record.

He has defeated B.J. Penn, Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, and Douglas Lima to name a few. Overall, he is 21-6-1 with his greatest fight, the one putting him on the proverbial MMA map, occurring in defeat.