BJPenn.com spoke with Bellator’s Rory MacDonald about the UFC’s welterweight scene since he departed the company. MacDonald beat champ Tyron Woodley in June of 2014 via unanimous decision and from his perspective Woodley being champ is a bonus for him.
It doesn’t bother me to much to see someone else who I have beaten as the UFC welterweight champion. I just think it makes me look better at the end of the day. Obviously it kind of irritates me that it is not me wearing the belt and that it is somebody who I’ve beaten. But, I’ve realized a lot of what happens in this sport has to do with timing. Tyron had some really good timing with different match-ups where he obviously found some good success. You see it all the time though. Conor McGregor, in four years that guy went from zero to the biggest name in the sport ever. And again I think that success had a lot to do with timing. So I am sure that I am going to have my time to shine too, just right now I had to step away from the UFC in order to get a better deal.
MacDonald was a marquee signing for Bellator and one of the most talented fighters they ever brought on board. He faces Paul Daley in May.