After reports that he was leaving the UFC for good, Rory MacDonald officially announced that he is joining Bellator MMA during the press conference after Bellator 160. The former UFC fighter also threw jabs at the UFC, calling the fight promotion company “boring,” referencing mostly to the lack of creative freedom for fighters specifically on the uniforms.
“The production of the show, it just stands out right away,” MacDonald said during the press conference. “The big screens, the entrances. They do it bigger. They do it right here. It’s a fight show here. They want to promote a fighter, they want to build it. It’s not generic where everyone is wearing the same thing. We get to be our own individual self, promote ourselves. Where I was before, everyone is wearing the same uniforms now, we’re all walking out of the same, boring dressing room or the gate. It’s boring. People are tired of that.”
MacDonald’s last fight in the UFC was a unanimous decision loss to top welterweight contender Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 89. The match was his second defeat, after losing to Robbie Lawler at UFC 189, in fight of the year fashion.
Despite MacDonald’s impressive MMA record, the fighter has not really seen superstar level pay in the UFC. The fight promotion company’s Reebok deal did not help either, where the Red King received a measly $30,000.00 as a title challenger against Lawler.
“The tide is turning,” he told reporters. “For me, that title fight against Robbie was an eye-opener. It was like, OK we got to the show where you wanted to go, it didn’t work out, but now it’s time to start making some money.”
Rory MacDonald plans to heal his nose, for now, after the beating he has taken in his last two fights. There is no official date for his Bellator MMA debut, but the fighter is looking at the summer of 2017 for his first fight with his new fight promotion company.
A video of the entire Bellator MMA 160 press conference can be seen below.
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