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.

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FloCombat To Host Worldwide Broadcast Of MTGP Presents Lion Fight 41

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Cody Stamann has finally been able to shed the “prospect” label.

The 17-1 bantamweight is coming off of the biggest victory of his career, handing Bryan Caraway his first loss since 2014 earlier this month at UFC 222 in Las Vegas.