The man once dubbed the UFC welterweight heir apparent will now look to live up to those championship aspirations in Bellator MMA. Rory MacDonald (pictured) has decided to leave the UFC’s take-it-or-leave-it offer and sign with their biggest rival.
Bellator made the announcement during Friday’s Bellator 160 broadcast on Spike TV.
MacDonald owns an impressive 18-4 professional record, but is looking to rebound from two straight losses. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the UFC decided not to match Bellator’s offer sheet.
Another reason could be how outspoken MacDonald was earlier this year about his impending free agency. The 27-year-old said it was his time to be selfish and get what he deserved. Apparently, his magic number was far off from what the UFC was willing to offer.
In MacDonald, Bellator gets one of the world’s top welterweights who is just entering the prime of his career. Although he was never able to capture the UFC title that many thought he was destined to hold, the competition in Bellator isn’t nearly as deep.
However, an eventual shootout with sensation Michael “Venom” Page will be fire.