It’s Bellator 179 fight week and if you think #RoryMacDonald has any regrets about signing with Bellator and leaving the UFC, you better think again.
Speaking to TSN earlier today, MacDonald was asked whether he was still content with his decision to make the jump across to #Bellator. Suffice to say, the Canadian still sounded very happy with his current situation.
“I’m just out here trying to get what’s mine,” MacDonald said. “I want to start earning the money that I deserve and I’m not willing to wait around for it anymore. [I’m not] fighting for good will for some day down the road, I’m taking what’s mine now and I’m happy with my decision.”
While the former UFC title contender admitted money was a big reason for why he left, he also underlined the importance of the promotion believing in him and promoting him as one of their biggest stars.
“Yeah [money], along with a few other things,” MacDonald said. “But, at the end of the day, money talks. I think Bellator offers me a spotlight—they want to push me and they want me to be their guy. They want to have me on their press and they want me to have the big fights and the big opportunities here at Bellator. If I was to stay with the UFC, there’s a chance that I would’ve got lost in the shuffle and I’m not looking for that.”
With a shot at the Bellator welterweight title on the line this Friday, MacDonald was asked whether he’d prefer to face the current champion, Douglas Lima, or his next challenger, Lorenz Larkin. “The Red King” responded in typical fashion saying that it made no difference to him who was put in front of him.
“I think I match up well against anybody in the world—in any weight class,” MacDonald said. “I’m very confident right now and I feel like I’m the best in the world. I feel I just need to go out there, make it happen and show everybody what I’m really all about and the real side of me when I really step into the cage. Any of those fighters would be a great title fight for me.”
MacDonald vs. Daley will headline this Friday’s Bellator 179 card which takes places at the Wembley Arena in London, England. In the co-main event, Linton Vassell faces fellow Brit, Liam McGeary.