Rory MacDonald: UFC Wasn’t “Respectful” of Fighters With Reebok Deal, There Was “no Discussion”
By FCF Staff
Now that Rory MacDonald has signed with Bellator, the top ranked welterweight is opening up about his decision to leave the UFC.
MacDonald entered free agency following his decision loss to Stephen Thompson in June. Leading up to his final fight, the Canadian relayed publicly that he believed he was being underpaid.
The 27 year-old recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and MacDonald discussed his decision to sign with Bellator. Here is some of what MacDonald had to say about the UFC’s uniform deal with Rebook (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I just think the UFC went about it the wrong way. They didn’t really think of the fighters, I don’t think, even though I think they’re trying to make it out like they were. There was no discussion. It was just, okay, this is happening and deal with it, kind of thing. And that’s not very respectful. I don’t think that was a very good move. I don’t appreciate that, but at the end of the day, I don’t think it really played the biggest factor in my decision. It was more the numbers and the respect I get on a daily basis, the opportunities on the horizon that Bellator was believing in and giving me. They’re working with me, building my brand and making money, and making good fights and making a great promotion.”
MacDonald’s first Bellator bout has yet to be confirmed.