Last week, Rory MacDonald told FIGHT SPORTS that his Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix finale against Douglas Lima was his last fight under Bellator contract.
Yet it seems that is not the truth, as Bellator President Scott Coker claimed this week that MacDonald’s still signed to the company.
”Rory’s contract has not expired, and we have remaining rights,” Coker told MMA Fighting.
Although the specifics of MacDonald’s contract aren’t known, almost all long-term MMA contracts contain clauses that allow a promoter to keep a fighter in the fold after obligations have been fulfilled. First among those is an exclusive negotiation period – frequently 90 days in duration – that allows a promoter the sole right to hammer out a new deal. After that, a matching period allows the fighter to entertain offers from other promoters. The original promoter is then allowed the right to match or refuse those offers.
”It’s kind of inevitable that we’ll probably fight again,” MacDonald told MMA Junkie. “I wouldn’t say no. If they want to do it, they can do it. First I’ve got to re-sign. My contract expired. We’ve got to deal with that situation. Obviously, if they want to give a title shot, sure.”
”I think he’s a great fighter,” Coker said of MacDonald. “I think he’s probably the No. 2 welterweight in our roster, so yeah, we would love to. But we’ll see.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting