Rory MacDonald is set to make his Bellator MMA debut on May 19th at the SSE Arena London, something he has been looking forward to for a full year now.
MacDonald has claimed in a recent interview that even before his unanimous decision loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in June 2016, leaving the UFC was on his mind. What followed was an ugly, public falling out between the Canadian fighter and his employer.
The former UFC welterweight contender with a pro record of 18-4 (9-4 UFC) was openly critical of Dana White and the pay the fighters of his company receive. In August, the 27-year-old signed for Bellator and was officially unveiled at Bellator 160, announcing his intentions to be a double-weight champion in the welterweight and middleweight divisions in the promotion.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt was a fan favourite in the UFC, especially after his epic five round all-out brawl with then 170lb champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in which he eventually succumbed to a final round TKO.
MacDonald’s latest revelations concerning his agro with the UFC makes for grim viewing for White and co. This will shine more light on the taboo subject which is the underpayment of fighters in the UFC.
The 2012 Canadian Fighter of The Year admits that if he had signed a contract extension with the UFC, he would have ended up retiring broke, stating that leaving the company was on his mind even before his last fight in the promotion.
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