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Rory MacDonald Signs Deal With Bellator MMA, According To Reports

Rory MacDonald Signs Deal With Bellator MMA, According To Reports

Reports say that MacDonald and the UFC were not able to come to an agreement regarding the fighter's contract.

News broke early this morning on Reddit that MacDonald had been removed from the UFC rankings overnight. It was the former title challenger's second consecutive loss after losing to Robbie Lawler in a Fight of the Year winning bout at UFC 189 for the welterweight title.

The 27-year-old MacDonald is the No. 4 ranked welterweight in the world, according to ESPN. Enter Bellator-MMA who offered the Canadian a contract and compensation that the UFC would not match.

Bellator President Scott Coker let it be know that they'd be interested in Rory MacDonald when he became a free agent, and it looks like the promotion got their man.

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MacDonald's disclosed base salary for that Lawler bout was US$59,000 (had he been victorious, that $59,000 would have doubled with a win bonus). He returned in June this year, but lost a unanimous decision to Stephen Thompson - which gave him back-to-back losses for the first time. MacDonald will no doubt be pushed near the top of the list to face current Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov.

Donald Cerrone defeated Rick Story by first round TKO last Saturday at UFC 202.

Other top fighters who have followed the same path recently include Phil Davis, Matt Mitrione and former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

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