The Forum crowd broke out in "Rory!" chants as MacDonald hung around and withstood blow after blow to his nose and leg. Sonnen knows he could face similar shots from either Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir - one of whom he'll meet in the next round of the tourney.
But, the 39-year-old has revealed he has made some changes in his preparation for the Sonnen fight.
Once the post-fight interview was complete, MacDonald had to be carried out of the cage.
Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler returned from his first loss since 2014 with a one-sided decision victory over Goiti Yamauchi, who was bloodied and almost finished on the ground.
Though Sonnen got Jackson on the ground several times, as he proudly predicted, that wasn't what ultimately won Sonnen the fight. MacDonald dominated the fifth round on the ground and cut Lima near his eyes.
Two of the best welterweight fighters in the world met one another on Saturday night as Bellator MMA welterweight champion Douglas Lima aimed to prove he is to be taken more seriously against a beloved challenger, Rory MacDonald, making just his second appearance with the promotion.
Lima utilized leg kicks early and often, but MacDonald's jab, superior clinch work, takedowns and smothering top game secured him the first two rounds.
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Knowing he couldn't remain on his feet and risk Lima's kicks any longer, MacDonald timed one of Lima's low kicks with a sharp right hand and drove him to the canvas.
"I think I have a person growing inside me down there from the looks of it". MacDonald landed in Lima's guard, where he stayed for the remainder of the round, weighing heavy on the champion, and landing numerous punches and elbows that bloodied his face. "I came in the very best of my entire career and this guy gave me challenges everywhere".
'I don't want to have to go out there and fight and be laying on my back the whole fight and have like a boring fight and the fans booing and stuff. "I've got to get better, for sure. Easy", MacDonald said. "It was an honor to compete with him".
Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler put on a dominant performance to put himself in position to regain the belt from Brent Primus.
Lima hasn't lost a fight since 2015. I'm the model employee. The UFC, the sport's largest organization, is far more restrictive when it comes to fighter sponsorships.
Whittier featherweight Aaron Pico (2-1) showed that his placement on the televised card was well deserved, blasting Shane Kruchten with a hard left hook to the belly that floored him and set up Pico for a first-round finish just 37 seconds in.