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Rory MacDonald headed to Bellator

<p>Rory MacDonald, one of the UFC&rsquo;s best welterweights, will be signing with Bellator.</p> <p>In June, MacDonald became a free agent after suffering a decision loss to Stephen Thompson in what was the last fight on his UFC contract. Prior to that, MacDonald revealed that negotiations with the UFC weren&rsquo;t going smoothly and that he was &ldquo;very willing&rdquo; to test the market during his period of free agency. One influential factor for his decision to test the waters was that he earned just $59,000 for his brutal <em>Fight of the Year</em> against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189&mdash;the sixth highest disclosed payout on the card.</p> <p>&ldquo;A performance like that and everything I did leading up to it in my career with the UFC, I feel like I should be left a little bit more financially stable,&rdquo; said MacDonald on <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/3/14/11224612/rory-macdonald-very-willing-to-test-free-agency-after-next-fight">The MMA Hour</a> in March. &ldquo;I still make good money, but I still feel that I was worth more. That I brought more to the table than what I really got.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/8/24/12625654/rory-macdonald-close-to-finalizing-contract-with-bellator-mma">According to MMAFighting</a>, MacDonald is almost guaranteed to be signing with Bellator after being informed that the UFC would not be able to match their contract offer. As a result, he has been removed from the UFC&rsquo;s official rankings.</p> <p>The 27-year old will be joining the likes of Benson Henderson, Matt Mitrione, and Josh Thomson as some of the bigger names that have left the UFC for Bellator.</p>

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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