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Exclusive: Canadian Standout Cory MacDonald Signs With Bellator; Will Compete at Middleweight

By Mike Russell

One of Canadian MMA’s best kept secrets got an early birthday present this week.

CagePotato has confirmed with sources close to the situation that highly-touted Kingston, Ontario native Cory MacDonald signed with Bellator yesterday and will compete as a middleweight under the Viacom-owned promotion’s banner.

MacDonald (12-2), who turned 34 today, could see action as part of next season’s middleweight tournament.

Having competed primarily at 170 for the majority of his eight-year MMA career, at 6-foot MacDonald was one of the class’ largest competitors. He has been contemplating a move up in weight for a while due to a lack of opponents willing to face him north of the border. It now looks like the move won’t just be a temporary one and that 12-2 former welterweight, who is undefeated in his past seven bouts spanning back to 2007, will finally get his chance to make a name for himself internationally.

With Bellator’s recent migration into the Canadian market, MacDonald, who trains out of Victory Performance Centre in Ottawa and Kingston and spars regularly at Tristar in Montreal, could play a key role in helping market the Chicago-based organization in Ontario and other provinces where he has a fan presence including Quebec and the Maritimes.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/psycoc23)

According to the sources we spoke to, a date for Cory’s Bellator debut has yet to be set, but it could come as early as January.

When contacted for comment, MacDonald’s manager Anna Barone would neither confirm nor deny her client’s signing.

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XENOPHON- December 3, 2011 at 10:37 am
Right on the mark. At 34, he would be lucky to have another 4-6 years left, and thus not news unitl he comes in and stomps the shit out of his opponents in his first 2-3 fights.
After watching the video, the music mesh gets a "D-" and the talent wasn't what I anticipating seeing.
My guess, he is a middle to high level fluffer for Bellator at or right above the gate keeper ranks.
Iskander Neptu- December 2, 2011 at 3:01 am
If biceps won fights...
He does look sooo polite though. "sorry i hit you there friend, that was a dewsy, eh?"
SnackDaddy- December 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm
I think this is news because this is the third McDonald from Canada to breakout into the big league in recent times. The cold must really be hampering their ability to think and name their kids something other than McDonald.
Spicymeatball- December 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm
*I meant Bellator, not only do you guys need to get rid of your fighter Wiki, but you need an edit button. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN! Who cares about a 34 year old Canadian signing with Bellator!
Spicymeatball- December 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm
God you Canadians are the worst. I love Canadians as they are some of the nicest, most down to earth, and genuine people I've had the pleasure of meeting; and you're country is very beautiful and a great vacation spot. However you guys are the biggest homers for MMA fighters ever. A 34 year old journeyman middleweight who signs with the UFC in its weakest division shouldn't be one of your news posts. Come on MRuss you and Cage Potato are better than this. If he was 24 and a budding prospect I could understand, but he's basically the middleweight Brian Ebersole. If he was American or Brazilian this wouldn't even be news on CP. In the words of Canada's Almighty Savior/Leader/Jesus...I AM NOT IMPRESSED BY YOUR PERFORMANCE. Blame Canada, You're not a real country anyway.
kkzhaa- December 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Merry Christmas ,Christmas top gift
kkzhaa- December 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Merry Christmas ,Christmas top gift
jfjjfjff- December 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm
my first reaction was "what? what a dumb move." then i realized.
ReX13- December 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm
i keep getting Canadians named MacDonald mixed up, and this is not helping.
bkarimib- December 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Congrats! MacDonald's the real deal!
Fried Taco- December 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Any word on if he has the same bacne problem as Rory?