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Report: Rory MacDonald to sign with Bellator

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald is headed to Bellator MMA, according to a report by FloCombat.com.

MacDonald (18-4) completed the final fight of his previous UFC contract on June 18. He lost a unanimous decision to Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night.

The Canadian welterweight has not announced a new deal and Bellator officials did not respond to requests for comment, but the UFC confirmed to ESPN.com it had waived its matching rights for MacDonald. The promotion also removed MacDonald from its rankings Wednesday.

The 27-year-old MacDonald is the No. 4 ranked welterweight in the world, according to ESPN. He challenged Robbie Lawler for the UFC's 170-pound championship in July 2015. Lawler won via TKO in the fifth round of ESPN's 2015 Fight of the Year.

Fighting out of Tristar MMA in Montreal, MacDonald holds wins against Nate Diaz, B.J. Penn, Demian Maia and current UFC champion Tyron Woodley. The current Bellator welterweight champion is Andrey Koreshkov (19-1).