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Rory MacDonald Believes “Everybody is Trying to be Conor McGregor” in the UFC, Promotion’s “Lost its Feel”

Kelsey Mowatt


Rory MacDonald is making his Bellator debut today in London, England, and so far, it certainly doesn’t sound like he regrets moving over from the UFC.

MacDonald will battle Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 179, which will be broadcast on tape delay tonight on Spike. The bout will mark the first time MacDonald has fought since last June, when he lost via decision to Stephen Thompson. After that fight, the “Red King” entered free agency, and ultimately he signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator.

Well, in a recent call to promote today’s card, MacDonald had this to say about his move to Bellator, and the UFC (quote via MMA Fighting):

“I think Bellator gets it, they want to build a character around each and every guy on the roster,” MacDonald said. “They want to build up the names and let people see the real sides of them and they can build that up. The UFC kind of has lost that, everyone is wearing the same thing, everybody is trying to be Conor McGregor, and it’s lost it’s feel a little bit.”

“[I’m] just more involved rather than just being another guy in the line, another number, another sheep,” MacDonald added. “So, I just feel more respected, more attention to detail when it comes to the promotion of myself.”

MacDonald’s not the first fight to criticize the UFC’s uniform deal with Reebok, and he likely won’t be the last. In terms of fighters going out of their way to imitate McGregor, it’s hard to argue with that. Case in point, the UFC’s Summer Kickoff presser featured a lot of WWE-ish moments and a ton of trash talk. Some fighters are great at tossing verbal shots, but many aren’t.

Of course, none of this changes the fact that the UFC remains the world’s biggest MMA promotion, by a country mile.


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