The future fighting home of Rory MacDonald has been confirmed.
MacDonald, a former Bellator welterweight champion, has left the promotion for pastures new in the Professional Fighters League.
The news was first broken by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
Canada’s MacDonald, who is also an ex-UFC title contender, will participate in the PFL’s 2020 season and will hope to swat away the opposition en route to the PFL welterweight belt and $1million grand prize.
“I’m excited to join the PFL where every year the world championship and $1 million belt is there for the best fighter, without any games or politics,” MacDonald told ESPN.
“I believe in the PFL sport-season format and fighters-first organization.”
MacDonald’s last appearance in the cage saw him lose his Bellator title against Douglas Lima back in October.
With retirement talk and plenty of ambiguity about his future endeavours, it was unclear whether MacDonald was going to re-sign with Bellator.
According to Helwani, MacDonald’s Bellator contract included a “champions clause”, which would have meant his deal would have automatically extended had he won against Lima.
With that loss, MacDonald has explored his options and will be hoping win gold at a second promotion in 2020.