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News spread fast Wednesday morning when reports surfaced that UFC powerhouse Rory MacDonald had left the UFC and signed with Bellator. was able to confirm today with Bellator President Scott Coker that those reports are incorrect and there is still a lot to do before MacDonald is signed.

“He decided to test free agency and we made an offer to him, I want to say a week or so ago," said Coker at a Bellator 160 media event. "You guys know the process. It has to be sent over to the other guys and they have a certain amount of days to respond, which they have not officially responded. I heard an unofficial response, but that is just coming from third-party sources. Until we get the official letter or email that he is completely free, we are not going to move forward and sign him until that legal part has taken place.”

The original report came from FloCombat saying the deal was done and official.

The report comes just after MacDonald was removed from the UFC welterweight rankings.

MacDonald has been considered one of the top welterweights in the world for years, and was even part of the UFC's 2015 "Fight of the Year" when he faced then champ Robbie Lawler in a five round bout.

The signing of MacDonald would be one of the biggest acquisitions by Bellator to date, and would add to their growing roster of former UFC fighters including Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson.

Coker did say that if they were to aquire MacDonald he could fight as early as this year.

“It’s really up to him," he said. "But if he wanted to fight before the end of the year we would have plenty of fights for him to participate in.”

MacDonald has an 18-4 professional record.

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