8. High-Profile Defectors Leave For Bellator
Rory MacDonald. Benson Henderson. Roy Nelson. Josh Thomson.
The list goes on. 2017 has seen more big names heading to Bellator, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for MMA, but looks an awful lot like a loss for the UFC.
And so far? Pretty much all of them have been starched in Bellator. Andrei Koreshkov made Henderson look like a little child. Thomson was knocked out cold. Lorenz Larkin lost his Bellator debut.
Overall, not a great look for the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion.