Gegard Mousasi, Rory MacDonald Agree That Bellator Offers Better Opportunities Than UFC


and Rory
had successful stints in the UFC, but now both
fighters agree that their current home — Bellator MMA — does a
better job utilizing the talent on its roster than the Las
Vegas-based promotion.

Mousasi, for one, left the UFC having won seven of his last eight
bouts, but he still felt unappreciated. The 52-fight veteran has
since headlined a pair of cards in Bellator MMA, capturing
middleweight gold with a stoppage of Rafael
at Bellator 200 in May.

“Bellator is growing, no doubt about it,” Mousasi said during a
recent media call. “The last couple years I was fighting [for the]
UFC, and at Bellator 200 I got the opportunity to fight in the main
event. Now fighting Rory in a super fight on DAZN, I get to fight
for the belt. These opportunities that I got now, I wouldn’t have
gotten if I was in the UFC. I’m very thankful. They have trust in
me. I just have to do my job and put on good fights and win.
Bellator is growing. It’s going very well.” 

Mousasi will defend his middleweight crown against reigning
170-pound king MacDonald in the Bellator 206 headliner on Sept. 29
at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. MacDonald has also thrived
since changing promotions, earning the welterweight title while
besting Douglas
and Paul Daley in
his first two appearances. “The Red King” has repeatedly stated
that he thinks Bellator allows fighters more individuality than the
UFC, and he also believes the Scott Coker-led promotion is
utilizing its athletes the way they should be.

“I think they’re competing very well. I like what Bellator’s doing
with management better,” MacDonald said. “I think we have a more
exciting [welterweight] division, especially with the way they’re
doing tournaments. I just think they’re managing it better, their
talent. They’re giving us better opportunities.” 

“I mean obviously the UFC has great talent but the matchups and the
way they’re managing it—I don’t find it very intriguing and I find
the fans are feeling the same way about it.”

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