Moving the Chain Spotlight #16: Rory MacDonald

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Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency


Rory “The Red King” MacDonald is a 28-year-old mixed martial artist who originally hails from Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada. He was a former welterweight title challenger in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and has a reputation as one of the most well-rounded fighters in the game.

However, outside of the cage, MacDonald has also become an outspoken cryptocurrency advocate (see here for more information on what cryptocurrency is). Those who follow him on twitter known that “The Red King” is just as likely to tweet about Bitcoin Cash or Dash as he is about anything related to the world of fighting.


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MacDonald has even gone so far as to state that he wants the payment for his next fight (roughly $500,000 USD) on January 20, 2018, to be paid in bitcoin (read more on bitcoin here).

The Canadian fighter also made headlines recently when it was announced that he secured a sponsorship deal with Dash, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrencies. According to reports, MacDonald will be paid 330 DASH for the endorsement.

An outspoken cryptocurrency supporter since 2014, Rory MacDonald is helping introduce alt coins to fight fans around the globe.


“In 2014 I was introduced to Bitcoin from my coach Firas Zahabi the week I was fighting Tyron Woodley. Since then we have stayed interested in the cryptocurrency space, and it so happened that [Dash’s] Jeff Smith and Firas had connected over doing a project together with Dash. Since then Firas connected me and Jeff. Everything came together very organically as we worked on a proposal for my next fight sponsored by Dash. The community really rallied behind the idea, and I believe this is just the start of the Dash takeover into the MMA community for cryptocurrencies.”

Fun Fact

If MacDonald is paid in Bitcoin (or any other cryptocurrency) for his upcoming fight, he will become the first mainstream MMA fighter to paid from a blockchain.

If you are interested in more articles on boxing or MMA fighters interested in cryptocurrencies, check out Boxing on the Blockchain and 3 People Who Are Willing to Throw Punches for Cryptocurrency.

Finally, check out other people making big waves in helping progress these incredible technologies in our series Moving the Chain, and for more awesome articles by Jacques Martin, check ’em out here!