Bellator has been very aggressive in the free agent market, and that’s not something that is going to change anytime soon.
Following Friday night’s Dynamite 2 event, Bellator president Scott Coker told MMAFighting.com that when it comes to free agents, Bellator is looking to corner the market. That includes UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald, who recently lost to Stephen Thompson in the UFC Ottawa main event. That was the final bout on MacDonald’s current UFC contract.
Yes, Bellator is interested.
“It really comes down to, we’re Bellator, and we’re going to go after all free agents,” Coker told MMAFighting. “When (MacDonald’s) contract is up, and I think he might have some contingencies in the negotiation period, and we’re not going to breach any contracts. But when they are ready to talk, we’re here and Rory’s somebody we’d definitely be interested in when he’s free.”
Bellator has signed several former UFC fighters, like Tito Ortiz, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Josh Koscheck, Benson Henderson, Josh Thomson, Matt Mitrione, and several others. MacDonald would certainly fit the mold of a prominent fighter that still has the ability to compete with any of the top fighters that Bellator has to offer.