ANAHEIM, Calif. — Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald has signed with Bellator.
MacDonald announced his decision Friday night during the Bellator 160 show, walking into Honda Center in front of a large Canadian flag.
MacDonald (18-4) is among the world’s top 170-pound fighters despite losing his last two bouts. The British Columbia native had a 13-fight UFC career that included victories over Demian Maia, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and current UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
But he was stopped by former champ Robbie Lawler in a brutal title fight in July 2015, and he took 11 months off before returning with a one-sided loss to Stephen Thompson in June.
MacDonald joins Benson Henderson as Bellator’s biggest free-agent signings away from the UFC.
MacDonald says he is “taking over” the Bellator welterweight division.