Rory MacDonald has thrown another unexpected curveball in his MMA career by leaving Bellator sign for the PFL organization instead.
MacDonald had lost his Bellator welterweight title in his last outing for the promotion in October, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Diego Lima in the final fight of his current deal.
After that he opted to enter free agency, and just as he left the UFC for Bellator 2016, he’s now done the same by moving over to PFL, where it’s likely the lure of winning $1 million if he emerges victorious in their next welterweight grand-prix in 2020 played a part in his decision to sign up.
In total MacDonald leaves Bellator with a 3-2-1 record, which includes a prior win over the aforementioned Lima along with Paul Daley and Neiman Gracie, in addition to an unsuccessful attempt to win the middleweight title against Lyoto Machida and a majority draw decision against Jon Fitch.
“PFL is really stepping up, they are trying to get strong talent – you know, they already have Kayla Harrison amongst a number of other exciting young guys and I’m really inspired that they believe in me to be a face of their organization,” MacDonald said of the move. “I want to be very dominant and have the best years of my career here.”