Rory MacDonald’s Bellator debut showed just how powerful he can be, as the former UFC welterweight title contender submitted Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 179.
The card took place from The SSE Arena in London and aired on Spike.
MacDonald was making his first appearance for the promotion after signing with Bellator last year as a free agent. He secured a rear-naked choke early in the second round to put Daley away.
In the co-main event, Linton Vassell submitted former light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary, earning the tap with an arm-triangle choke in the third.
Cheick Kongo topped Augusto Sakai, Alex Lohore finished Dan Edwards and Kevin Ferguson Jr. stopped DJ Griffin.
Complete results are below:
Rory MacDonald def. Paul Daley via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:45 of Round 2
Linton Vassell def. Liam McGeary via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:28 of Round 3
Cheick Kongo def. Augusto Sakai via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Alex Lohore def. Dan Edwards via TKO (strikes) at :56 of Round 2
Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. DJ Griffin via TKO (strikes) at 3:40 of Round 1
Stav Economou def. Dan Konecke via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:05 of Round 1
Amir Albazi def. Jamie Powell via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)
Nathan Jones def. Umer Kayani via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:35 of Round 1
Fabian Edwards def. Rafal Cejrowski via KO (flying knee) at 3:44 of Round 1
Jeremy Petley def. Chase Morton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Mike Shipman def. Marcin Prostko via TKO (knees) at 2:39 of Round 1
Salih Kulucan def. Diego Barbosa via submission (heel hook) at 2:18 of Round 1
Alfie Davis def. Jay Dods via KO (spinning side kick) in Round 1