UFC News: Rory MacDonald to become a free agent?

UFC News: Rory MacDonald to become a free agent?

Rory MacDonald might become a free agent really soon.

Speaking to The MMA Hour on Monday, Rory MacDonald revealed that his upcoming fight against Stephen Thompson on June 18 is the last fight of his UFC contract. Popularly known as ‘The Red King’, MacDonald said that after his contract ends he is “very willing” to become a free agent.

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“I want to make the most money I can. I want to get paid for what I bring to the table,” MacDonald said. “I’ve sacrificed a lot to get to the top, to the world title. I really sacrificed, and I took a lot of chances. I did a lot of favors, I felt like, for the UFC and I don’t think it got returned. So now it’s all about making money, and whoever wants to pay me the most is where I’ll go.”

He credits his last fight against Robbie Lawler for his latest decision. His fight against Lawler at UFC 189 was 2015’s biggest pay-per-views and yet he earned a salary of only $59,000.

“The experience itself, the fight was great. I loved it. It was a great thing for me and my martial arts career,” he said. “But, you know, 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. 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.”

“So I just have to really fight for what is right, on the business side now. And I guess getting to that point, to the world title and stuff, after a hard fight like that, it just opened my eyes to it. Okay, now it’s time to get a little more business savvy rather than just do whatever just to get to the big fight,” Rory added.

Rory is the latest to test his value in the open market after Benson Henderson, Alistair Overeem and Matt Mitrione.

He however, is more keen to work with UFC but only if the money is good.

“I’d rather not go through it (free agency). I mean, I’d rather just agree on something with the UFC and move forward. But we’ll see what happens. I’m very willing to do it though, if that means making more money,” he said.