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Ahead of expected title shot, Rory MacDonald changes nickname to ‘Red King’

Rory MacDonald has officially changed his nickname from ‘Ares’ to ‘Red King’ ahead of his expected title shot.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

Rory MacDonald is looking to undergo a complete gimmick overhaul ahead of his anticipated UFC title shot in 2015.

The Canadian welterweight, who appears to be next in line to face the winner between 170-pound champ Johny Hendricks and challenger Robbie Lawler, recently changed his hairstyle to a Mohawk, according to's Ariel Helwani, who reported the news on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.

Helwani also revealed that MacDonald also changed his nickname from ‘Ares' to the ‘Red King.'

Some fans may see the nickname and immediately register the Red King character from the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass books, or the Marvel Comics character that appeared in the ‘Incredible Hulk.'

Rory was dubbed ‘Red King' by Kajan Johnson, a fellow British Columbia native who trains with MacDonald at the Tristar Gym in Montreal. It appears that the name Rory is an Irish/Gaelic name that means Red King.

MacDonald is coming off a TKO victory over Tarec Saffiedine - a contest that placed him atop the list of viable contenders in the welterweight division. He also holds wins over Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia, with his only recent loss coming against current title challenger Robbie Lawler.