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Morning Report: Rory MacDonald is taking the business side of fighting seriously, won’t ‘just accept what’s thrown at him’

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UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald is approaching free agency intent on “being tough in the negotiating room” and getting his full value as a fighter.

It seems that soon Conor McGregor won’t be the only fighter driving a hard bargain with the UFC.

Rory MacDonald, who last weekend tweeted his support of McGregor in the dispute between the Irish star and UFC management, has made it clear that he intends to start taking the business side of fighting more seriously. MacDonald is on the last fight of his contract with the UFC and set to become a free agent in mid-June. In an interview with Fight Network’s John Pollock, McDonald discussed his pending free agency and why he was was so vocal with his intentions to take a serious look at free agency.

“I think it’s important to get it out there. It’s a known topic about fighter pay now and I think it’s beneficial to me that I get it out there too so when it comes time to negotiate I have other sources to talk with. It’s a known thing, people are buzzing about it. It’s a good thing.”

It’s true people have been buzzing about MacDonald’s pending free agency, including Bellator President Scott Coker who has made it clear that he will be pursuing MacDonald once his contract is up. Recently Coker has managed to lure several free agents away from the UFC with the promise of better sponsorships and more personal autonomy, but MacDonald would be his biggest coup to date. While Coker already signed elite fighters and former champions Josh Thomson and Benson Henderson both men were well outside of title contention upon leaving the UFC and are thought by many to be on the downswing of their respective careers. Conversely, at 26, MacDonald is in his ….View full article

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