One of the major conversations heading into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 89 event was the fact that main event competitor and former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald was fighting out his UFC contract. At the end of the night, win or lose, MacDonald was going to hit free agency and see what his talents could bring on the market.
MacDonald lost his fight to Stephen Thompson and didn't look great in the process, but it’s hard to say how that will affect the bidding for his services. He is only 26, and in his previous fight he was in a battle against welterweight champion Robbie Lawler that topped many “2105 Fight of the Year” lists.
At the post-fight press conference, MacDonald’s free agency got little play.
One person that mentioned their contract status at the press conference was Donald Cerrone.
Cerrone, usually a lightweight, fought at welterweight in Saturday night's co-main event. He knocked out Patrick Cote with strikes, something that had never been done before.
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In the process, Cerrone earned himself a “Performance of the Night” bonus worth $50,000. It was Cerrone’s record-setting 17th "Fight Night" bonus, but that did not leave him all that satisfied. After all, that’s not guaranteed money.
Cerrone has 21 UFC fights to his name, winning 17. As he showed on Saturday, he can fight at 155 or 170, and he’s always been willing to take a fight on short notice against any opponent the UFC offers.
Another fighter that mentioned financial issues after the event was strawweight Joanne Calderwood. Calderwood won her fight, contested at flyweight, against Valérie Létourneau via third-round TKO. Unlike Cerrone, the win did not earn Calderwood a bonus.
Calderwood has fought for the UFC four times, going 3-1. Before that, she fought for promotions such as Invicta FC and Cage Warriors. Her overall record is 11-1.