Rory MacDonald close to finalizing contract with Bellator MMA
One of the best welterweights in the world is headed to Bellator.
Rory MacDonald is close to finalizing a new fight contract with Bellator, MMA Fighting has learned. MacDonald's management team was informed Tuesday night by the UFC that they were not able to match the terms of a contract offered by Bellator.
While MacDonald has yet to put pen to paper, that is a formality at this point, sources say. So much so that the UFC has already removed him from their official welterweight rankings.
MacDonald (18-4) made his UFC debut in Jan. 2010. He will leave the organization with an 9-4 record inside the Octagon, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Stephen Thompson in June.
Nicknamed "Red King," MacDonald is considered to be best active Canadian fighter. His 2015 UFC welterweight title fight against then-champion Robbie Lawler was a unanimous choice for Fight of the Year.
The 27-year-old's Bellator debut has yet to be decided, but sources say he's currently targeting a fight in the first quarter of 2017.
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Mike Perry says corner's denigrating comments have been 'blown way out of proportion'
As much as Mike Perry impressed in his UFC debut against Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC 202, he also kicked up some controversy. Or at least, his corner did.
During the introductions to the fight a voice can be overheard from Perry's corner pepping him up, and in the process slinging an ethnic slur. "He can't even open his motherf---ing eyes, boy," the voice says, in reference to Lim, who is a Korean fighter.
Perry was a guest on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, and the insensitive comment was brought up. When asked about it, Perry defended his cornerman.
"Well, I guess I said something about it, which isn't my place," he said. "I think it needs to be taken up with him, that individual, more than my words. I can’t speak for another man. I do know that man well, and I know he’s a kind-hearted individual who loves all people he comes across, unless he is crossed by those people. But I don’t believe there was any harm intended. That’s all I have to say about that. Everything else should be taken up with him."
The cornerman in question is Alex Nicholson, who later put out a statement via Twitter.
"I respect every man who steps in the cage and my comments were insensitive towards lim I was hype for my brother it was all love no hate," Nicholson's tweet read.
Perry scored an impressive TKO victory over Lim on the main card of UFC 202. He downed the much bigger Lim on multiple occasions, and the fight was officially stopped at 3:38 of the first round. The comments that his corner made marred the victory, and left him to answer for the people he was surrounded with.
Asked if he shared those sentiments, Perry queried as to what was actually said.
"What did he say? People may have taken it wrong," he said. "I think people's opinion on this has been blown way out of proportion and they need to calm down."
When told it was something to do with Lim's facial features, which would be considered insulting, Perry spun his version of events.
"I don't know," he said. "I don't think any of my competition can see me, and when I hit Lim I opened a lot of people's eyes."
Told that the comment was made before he hit Lim, Perry joked.
"Well, we can see the future."
The UFC didn't respond for a comment on the matter, although when asked about it on Twitter, UFC Vice President of Public Relations Dave Sholler responded that the promotion was "looking into" it.
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Today on the podcast, we'll review the results from UFC 202. It was a spectacular card capped off with an even better main event. We'll talk about the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz chemistry, if round three was 10-8, whether there should be a trilogy fight and more. Plus, we'll likely get to some of the other winners from the card, of which many hand standout performances.
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Dominick Cruz's response to Cody Garbrandt: 'I kill hype for a living'
Dominick Cruz has a message for Cody Garbrandt.
Following his impressive 48-second win over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202, Garbrandt was effective in building a great amount of buzz for a potential bantamweight title fight against champion Dominick Cruz. Garbrandt later went off on Cruz on Monday's episode of "The MMA Hour."
"I heard in an interview that he gets hit 30-percent (of the time), he has a 30-percent chance of hitting me," Garbrandt said. "Dude, you give me a one-percent chance of finding your chin, I'm knocking you the f*ck out. That's plain and simple. I got a 90-perecent knockout rate. You want to talk about statistics? That's what he talks about, stats. That's numbers, buddy. He wants to talk about numbers because he's a point fighter, and point fighters go off numbers and points. I'm a knockout artist and he's going to be on the receiving end of a vicious knockout."
"Let the youngster enjoy his hype train fresh off his win," Cruz said. "Let his people keep on building that false sense of confidence that they are all instilling into his psyche over this period, it's good for him.
"I kill hype for a living."
Garbrandt improved his record to a perfect 10-0 on Saturday night. He has also finished all of his opponents. However, the UFC has yet to decide who will fight Cruz next for the belt.
The rivals had a brief run-in prior to the event on Saturday night in Las Vegas, which was caught on camera by Conor McGregor's striking coach Owen Roddy (:48 second mark):