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Bellator CEO Scott Coker denies expiration of Rory MacDonald’s contract

Bellator CEO Scott Coker says Rory MacDonald’s contract hasn’t expired, contrary to the fighter’s previous statements.

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Rory MacDonald fought the last fight in his Bellator contract on Saturday at Bellator 232, where he lost to the 170-pound title to Douglas Lima. During the post-fight presser, he seemingly opened the doors to other opportunities outside of Bellator, but remains accepting of a re-signing.

“I wouldn’t say no. If they want to do it, they can do it,” he said. “First I’ve got to re-sign. My contract expired. We’ve got to deal with that situation. Obviously if they want to give a title shot, sure.”

But apparently, MacDonald is still locked in with Bellator, according to CEO Scott Coker. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, he says he is willing to re-sign MacDonald, even after the loss to Lima.

“Rory’s contract has not expired, and we have remaining rights,” he said.

”I think he’s a great fighter,” Coker said of MacDonald. “I think he’s probably the No. 2 welterweight in our roster, so yeah, we would love to. But we’ll see.”

After Bellator 232, MacDonald now holds a record of 21-6-1 (with 14 wins by stoppage).