Published: 11:42 | 16/6/21

MacDonald refocused ahead of PFL 5

Rory MacDonald insists he is ready to 'show the best version' of himself when he faces off against Gleison Tibau at PFL 5 in Atlantic City on Thursday night.

The former UFC title challenger admits he took things for granted, which resulted in his performances dropping, but he is confident he is in the right frame of mind ahead of his clash in New Jersey. 

“So what happened was, I won the title against [Douglas] Lima, I’d just gotten married, had kids, so a lot of changes in my life. Financially I was doing a lot better. And I started to enjoy the spoils of success, [and let it] get to me, and take my focus off my goals in the sport," MacDonald explained at the PFL 5 media day. 

"Enjoying home time was an amazing thing. Having a family now, from before, just like being on my own and being in the gym all day, it was nice to be at home and be in that comfort zone of family time. I abused that.

"I didn’t balance it out with the hard work, the sacrifice it takes to be at the top level of this sport.”

When asked how he has addressed the issue, MacDonald added: “Refocus, re-motivated, setting goals… …I want to be the number one welterweight in the world. I believe that’s going to take dominant performances. They need to be impressive, I need to show the best version of myself every time I get into the cage.” 

The full card is: 

Rory MacDonald v Gleison Tibau (W)

Ray Cooper III v Nikolai Aleksakhin (W)

Emiliano Sordi v Dan Spohn (LHW)

Cezar Ferreira v Chris Camozzi (LHW)

Antonio Carlos Jr v Vinny Magalhaes (LHW)

Marthin Hamlet v Cory Hendricks (LHW)

Joao Zeferino v Jason Ponet (W)

Magomed Magomedkerimov v Curtis Millender (W)

Tom Lawlor v Jordan Young (LHW)

Sadibou Sy v Aleksei Kunchenko (W)

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