Image source: Rory MacDonald's Instagram (@romac_gorilla)
The world class Canadian welterweight, Rory MacDonald, will have a new home for his next bout with the PFL.
MacDonald is joining the PFL after six-fights with Bellator where he amassed a 3-2-1 record and claimed the Bellator welterweight title along the way. MacDonald entered free agency after his latest Bellator fight in October where he lost his welterweight title by unanimous decision in a rematch with Douglas Lima to close out the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix.
Prior to joining Bellator, MacDonald spent six years with the UFC. During his time with the UFC MacDonald generated a 9-4 record and challenged Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title in 2015’s fight of the year.
The news was first announced by PFL’s broadcast partner ESPN, confirming that MacDonald has signed a multi-fight deal and will join the 2020 season to compete for the $1,000,000 prize in the welterweight division.
MacDonald also gave a statement to ESPN discussing the reason he moved to the PFL and how he believes in their fighter first approach.
“I’m excited to join the PFL where every year the world championship and $1 million belt is there for the best fighter, without any games or politics. I believe in the PFL sport-season format and fighters-first organization.”
The ESPN article also confirms that MacDonald would still be signed to Bellator had he won his last bout due to a champions clause in the contractual agreement. However, as it was MacDonald’s last fight and he was no longer a champion at the end of the contract he was free to explore the free agency market.