Rory MacDonald might not fight again for almost a year, but he took a few jabs at his former promoter Friday night.
At his introductory press conference, MacDonald took the UFC to task for making MMA “boring,” pinpointing the promotion’s Reebok uniforms specifically. The presser took place following Bellator 160 in Anaheim. MacDonald signed with Bellator last week.
MacDonald, 27, said Bellator MMA places a premium on individuality and entertainment, unlike the UFC, which signed an apparel deal with Reebok last year that makes every fighter wear similar gear inside the Octagon.
“The production of the show, it just stands out right away,” MacDonald said of Bellator. “The big screens, the entrances. They do it bigger. They do it right here. It’s a fight show here. They want to promote a fighter, they want to build it. It’s not generic where everyone is wearing the same thing. We get to be our own individual self, promote ourselves. Where I was before, everyone is wearing the same uniforms now, we’re all walking out of the same, boring dressing room or the gate. It’s boring. People are tired of that.”
MacDonald (18-4) was a free agent after his loss to Stephen Thompson in June. The Canadian star said the UFC made him an offer, but did not match the offer Bellator proposed to him. Bellator president Scott Coker said the signing became official Friday.
“It’s been a long time in the making,” MacDonald said. “I’ve had a lot to consider probably over a year. We’ve been in talks with Bellator for a long time now. It’s gone back and forth with the UFC. We’ve put a great deal together. We’re gonna build a great business together. Bellator believes in me; I believe in the company. We’re gonna take it to the next level. ….View full article
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