Rory MacDonald is aware of an excellent deal concerning the enterprise facet of the struggle sport.
The previous Bellator welterweight champion, UFC title challenger, and present PFL fighter has loads of expertise with the outside-the-cage side of MMA. MacDonald (21-6-1 MMA) has labored with totally different main MMA promotions, handled many forms of contracts, and has examined his worth within the free agent market on twice.
MacDonald left the UFC as one of many high fighters within the 170-pound division again in 2016. He signed with Bellator later that 12 months, then went on to struggle six occasions underneath their banner. Final December, MacDonald left to affix the PFL. Each promotional jumps got here as surprises to many, but in addition it shined mild on MacDonald’s profession administration.
Talking with MMA Junkie, “The Purple King” mentioned among the issues he’s discovered by means of out his profession in response to the latest fighter criticism on UFC’s income share with its athletes.
“It’s a tricky spot,” MacDonald advised MMA Junkie. “You’re in a tricky enterprise of being knowledgeable blended martial artist. Many of the cash goes to the promotion. We don’t have something just like the Ali Act that’s defending us in getting, , truthful distribution of the cash that’s coming from these occasions. So within the present scenario, the present marker, you just about need to fend for your self is what I see.”
MacDonald believes the very best plan of action is look out in your personal interesst in relation to getting cash in MMA. This might imply many issues, however for him, it has meant going elsewhere at contract time.
“I felt like after I was within the UFC, I used to be targeted on simply being a champion, and after I get to that high spot I wish to be a high competitor and the cash goes to return,” Macdonald stated. “But it surely simply appeared the increments of after I acquired to the subsequent contract it wasn’t going anyplace substantial for me. So I needed to make a tricky determination, however I imagine in myself that I’d achieve success out of the UFC and I’m not saying ailing will in direction of the UFC. That’s simply the way in which they conduct enterprise and that’s positive.
“That’s the present market and we as fighters we’ve got to cope with that. The way in which I handled it, is to do what was greatest for me. I needed to transfer on elsewhere and have a look at the whole market to take a look at different promotions and see what was the very best scenario for me.”
One factor you haven’t heard from MacDonald? He’s by no means badmouthed his earlier promoters, and that’s not going to vary.
“Each time there’s a contract negotiation it’s greatest to not burn bridges with totally different promotors. You wish to preserve an excellent relationship with everyone. Speaking dangerous a couple of promotor shouldn’t be going to do you any favors seven years down the street speaking to totally different promotions and see who desires to convey you in once more. So I all the time attempt to be respectful to the promotors and work collectively and make a deal that works for everybody.”