Rory MacDonald is reportedly out at UFC. The Canadian welterweight is set to join Bellator MMA once his contract is signed, according to MMAFighting.com.
UFC confirmed in the report that they are not matching Bellator’s offer to MacDonald.
MacDonald has fought in the UFC since 2010, posting an 8-4 record over six years and producing the Fight of the Year against Robbie Lawler in 2015. The match was for the welterweight crown, and MacDonald fell by fifth-round TKO.
Despite two consecutive losses, MacDonald (18-4) is considered one of the hottest free agent fighters to hit the market in some time.
It is a huge signing for Bellator, who is in need of a challenger for its welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov. The Russian fighter is 19-1 in his MMA career and undefeated over the last three years. He recently topped another former UFC star, Benson Henderson, by decision in April.