Former number three UFC welterweight contender Rory Macdonald has left the UFC and is reported to be heading to the fight promotion company’s rival-Bellator MMA, according to news. MacDonald has also been removed from the UFC rankings, signifying that the fighter has already cut ties with the fight promotion.
Reports say that MacDonald and the UFC were not able to come to an agreement regarding the fighter’s contract. The Red King, who has been consistently in the top five of the welterweight division, had never seen top five pay in the six years he has been with the UFC. Enter Bellator-MMA who offered the Canadian a contract and compensation that the UFC would not match.
Despite having won a convincing victory over current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and holding an (almost) impressive 9-4 record, the fighter’s disclosed base salary in his UFC 189 bout with Robbie Lawler only ranged in the $59,000 range, far off from the pay of fighter’s in the same caliber.
MaDonald, has also just recently become a father for the first time, making him more cautious about his career choices.
“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. It’s given me a different approach as far as my concerns about my finances and stuff,” MacDonald said to press. “Before I wasn’t too worried. I was comfortable with what I have. I was not a very rich kid growing up so I don’t need a lot to be happy, but now that I have a daughter on the way [she was born in early July] I just want to have money for her so she can do what she wants, so she’s comfortable and happy her whole life.”
Details about the Rory MacDonald-Bellator deal are still being finalized, but Bellator fans should see the fighter make his debut in 2017.
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