BREAKING: Rory MacDonald Signs with Bellator

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Rory MacDonald has found a new home. 

The long-time top UFC welterweight has signed a new deal with Bellator MMA after a brief free agency period. Sources close to the deal confirmed the news with FloCombat on Wednesday.

On Tuesday evening, the UFC declined to exercise the standard matching clause included in all UFC fighter contracts after being presented with MacDonald's offer sheet from Bellator. On Wednesday, MacDonald was removed from the UFC's official rankings. FloCombat's sources also confirmed the UFC decided not to match Bellator's offer.

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MacDonald has reigned as one of the top 170-pound fighters in the world for the past several years, and has been involved in several classic matchups inside the UFC cage. The 27-year-old has hit a rough patch in back to back losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson, but has been a perennial top prospect and title contender since signing with the UFC in 2010. 

In inking MacDonald, Bellator has landed what is certainly the biggest free agent prize in promotional history.

WATCH: Gegard Mousasi's Controversial Win Over Alexander Shlemenko

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Darren Till Drubs Donald Cerrone, Calls Out Mike Perry

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Did Conor McGregor Just Drop A Homophobic Slur?

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Watch: Mike Perry Drops Real Talk With Dan Hardy

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UFC welterweight Mike Perry is known for two things: his outlandish, over-the-top behavior, and his penchant for bringing the violent sleeps inside the cage. 

Gegard Mousasi Wins Controversial Decision At Bellator 185

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Gegard Mousasi won his much-anticipated Bellator MMA debut against Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 185 --  but it was anything but easy.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Training In Fast Forward For UFC 217

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk doesn't play around when it comes to the fight game.

Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek Set For UFC 219 In Las Vegas

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UFC 219 has added a high-profile welterweight tilt between No. 11-ranked Kamaru Usman and Emil Weber Meek to its Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas. 

Report: Conor McGregor Next Step UFC Return, Not Paulie Malignaggi Fight

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Conor McGregor is the biggest star in mixed martial arts and one of the biggest names in all of combat sports.

Sid Wheeler Returns At Valor Fights 45

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Valor Fights is quickly becoming the standout mixed martial arts promotion in the Southeast thanks to the talented stable of fighters under its banner.

Highly Anticipated Rematch Anchors MCF 14

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Promotional debuts are always something to check out, and MCF 14 will mark the first time one of the fastest-rising promotions in the Midwest hits FloCombat.