Rory MacDonald Talks “Disappointment” with Bellator

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Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas LimaCredit: Bellator MMA

You’d think a successful promotional debut against a veteran of the sport, and an upcoming title shot, would satisfy a fighter. That’s not the case with Bellator’s Rory MacDonald. One of the Viacom-backed promotion’s biggest free agent signings to date, MacDonald has come out in a new interview with MMA Junkie to say that he has “expressed my disappointment with Bellator.”

Yikes. So just what is it that has the former UFC title challenger disappointed? His lack of activity, frankly. Not to mention the fact that the promotion has yet to book him for a show in Canada.

“I’ve expressed my disappointment with Bellator” MacDonald told the site. “I had some conversations with (Bellator President) Scott Coker expressing that. I’m not the type of fighter that needs to be sidelined and fight once a year. I need to be kept busy. I think he knows now.”

“We’ll see. I hope that I’ll get at least three fights in during 2018.”

On the Canada front? MacDonald expected his title fight against Douglas Lima to come on home soil. Instead, it’s at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. MacDonald does allow for the fact that Bellator is still a smaller promotion, one that he refers to as “a little bit scattered.” Still, he’s hopeful for the future.

“I’m sure 2018 we’ll get that ball rolling. Once I’m the champion, I think that creates more excitement going into Canada, going in as the champion” he said. “It’s more meaningful to promote a fight up there having a Canadian champion.”

First, of course, Rory MacDonald will have to dethrone welterweight champ Lima. That bout will come January 20, 2018.