Even on the nonetheless younger age of 30, Rory MacDonald has turn into certainly one of MMA’s longstanding veterans. The Tristar expertise out of Montreal has discovered nice success underneath the intense lights, preventing for each the UFC and, extra not too long ago, Bellator—the place he picked up the promotion’s welterweight championship.
Delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, MacDonald continues to be awaiting the beginning of the following chapter in his fight sports activities profession—with the Skilled Fighters League. His transfer to the PFL got here shortly after shedding his Bellator title in a rematch towards Douglas Lima again in October of final yr. That loss capped off his authentic 6-fight cope with the Paramount Community promotion—one which the ‘Purple King’ was stunned to search out Bellator bored with extending.
Having been by means of the negotiation wringer with a number of totally different entrance workplaces now, MacDonald not too long ago spoke to MMA Junkie, the place he imparted a number of the knowledge he’s gained alongside the best way—alongside along with his view of the difficulties in making a profitable profession out of combined martial arts.
“It’s a troublesome spot,” MacDonald stated, in reference to UFC athletes demanding a larger share of the promotion’s income. “You’re in a troublesome enterprise of being an expert combined 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, you realize, honest distribution of the cash that’s coming from these occasions. So within the present state of affairs, the present market, you just about should fend for your self is what I see.”
MacDonald went on to notice that he spent a lot of his time with the UFC centered on turning into champion. Below the impression that when he did so, the cash would comply with. As a substitute, regardless of turning into a notable characteristic expertise for the promotion, “…it simply appeared the increments of after I acquired to the following contract, it wasn’t going anyplace substantial for me.” A realization that led MacDonald to battle out his UFC deal and take a look at free company, finally touchdown with Bellator.
Even whereas he’s parted methods with previous employers, nevertheless, MacDonald gave one clear piece of recommendation for different fighters who would possibly look to comply with in his footsteps. In his thoughts, it’s all the time greatest to go away your relationships on good phrases.
“Each time there’s a contract negotiation it’s greatest to not burn bridges with totally different promoters,” MacDonald cautioned. “You wish to preserve a great relationship with all people. Speaking dangerous a couple of promoter will not 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 promoters and work collectively and make a deal that works for everybody.”
MacDonald had been set to debut with the PFL in 2020, sadly, as a result of ongoing unfold of the coronavirus, the promotion has since cancelled it’s total occasion calendar for the yr. Followers hoping to see him battle once more quickly will probably have to attend till 2021 to see Rory MacDonald again within the cage.