Rory MacDonald to try the free agency market, leave UFC for money

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Don’t look now but the UFC could lose another of its fighters to free agency.

With his contract negotiations with the company not going anywhere, Rory MacDonald bared that he is willing to test the free agent market. The top MMA contender revealed that it’s not his health that is causing his inactivity in the UFC but his contract negotiation.

In an interview in The MMA Hour and published in The Bleacher Report, the top welterweight contender said that if things don’t work out with his negotiations with the UFC, he could be looking at other options which includes a move to another promotion.

If that’s the case, he could be joining other UFC stars who have gone on to other companies such as Benson Henderson, Alistair Overeem, Matt Mitrione and others.

“I want to make the most money I can. I want to get paid for what I bring to the table,” McDonald said. I did a lot of favors, and I felt like, for the UFC, 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” MacDonald added.

Rory McDonald’s new mindset comes in the heels of the aftermath of his fight with Robbie Lawler last July in UFC 189. Despite sustaining heavy damage in, what he considers, one of the greatest UFC bouts, MacDonald only earned a disclosed salary of $59,000 as compared to the $150,000 that Lawler made plus the additional $150,000 win bonus.

“The experience itself, the fight was great. But performances like that, and after all I did leading to that fight, I felt that it should be a little more financially stable. I still made good money but I still feel it was worth more.”

Rory MacDonald is scheduled to have a fight against Stephen Thompson, his last fight in his current UFC contract. After that, if negotiations fail, he could be the next UFC star to try free agency. Potential promotion companies that could target him are Bellator, World Series of Fighting, and One Championship.

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