Rory MacDonald headed to Bellator
<p>Rory MacDonald, one of the UFC’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’t going smoothly and that he was “very willing” 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—the sixth highest disclosed payout on the card.</p>
<p>“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,” 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. “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.”</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’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>
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.