Rory MacDonald signs with the PFL
Canadian welterweight fighter Rory MacDonald (21-6-1) is now with the PFL.
The 30-year-old Canadian, who is primarily remembered for his exciting title fight loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July 2015, left his home for the past two and a half years in Bellator earlier this week.
ESPN broke the news earlier this Wednesday.
It’s multi-fight deal and no details were provided on the length or dollar amount, but MacDonald seems happy to be moving on despite no offer or attempt from Scott Coker to retain his services.
— PFL MMA (@ProFightLeague) December 19, 2019
MacDonald competed in the record-breaking UFC 129 event in Toronto in 2011, defeating Nate Diaz. He also defeated Tyron Woodley, B.J. Penn and a host of notable stars. He also instrumental along with former UFC director of Canadian operation Tom Wright in drafting Bill S-209, a bill that legalized MMA in Canada in 2013.
“The PFL format is very compelling to me.” – Rory MacDonald
— PFL MMA (@ProFightLeague) December 18, 2019
“The Red King” went on to win the Bellator welterweight title in January 2018, overcoming Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 and defending it twice before losing the title back to Lima during the Bellator Grand Prix tourney in October. His Bellator run came in at 3-2-1.
There was also the ambitious middleweight run, where MacDonald lost to Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206 in September 2018.
MacDonald will compete in Season 3 or the 2020 season of the PFL, in which fighters compete during the season and playoffs tournament style to win the USD $1-million dollar prize.
His debut date and first opponent were not revealed.