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‘Numbers,’ ‘respect’ reasons Rory MacDonald picked Bellator over UFC, which he admits ‘built his career’

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Rory MacDonald recently made the jump from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to its biggest rival, Bellator MMA, in one of the more significant free agent acquisitions for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. During his introductory press conference, “Red King” had some not-so nice words for his former employer, saying that it was “boring” compared to his new digs and that all fighters on the roster looked like “robots” because they all had to wear the same Reebok-branded uniforms.

Fast forward a few days later and MacDonald is back-tracking a little bit, admitting that despite the break up, he will never “shit” on UFC because the company helped him become who he is today. In addition, without its platform and exposure, he would never have the bargaining chips when it came to talk turkey with Bellator.

“Red King” tried to clear things up during a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour:”

“You know what, UFC has done a lot for me and I’m not going to be one of those guys that shits all over them and that — they are doing this and they are doing that. They have done a lot for my career. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am on the bargaining side of things, you know? They put me in the position to do this. They built my career and given me many opportunities. I would have been happy to go back with them, but at the same time, I also believe in the promoters and company at Bellator. I believe in what they are doing in building a strong roster and I have a lot of faith in them and the direction they are going in our sport.”

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