Rory MacDonald captured the Bellator MMA Welterweight Title when he defeated Douglas Lima by unanimous decision at Bellator 192.
The Canadian champion has been talking with Bellator MMA and he says the promotion has no interest in giving Lima an immediate rematch.
“I don’t think it is (the Lima rematch),” MacDonald said to MMA Junkie. “I’ve heard no interest in that from them. They’re looking at trying to get a new contender in there for me. That’s about as far as I know. But from what I’ve heard, and the feeling I’ve got, they’re not interested in a Lima rematch right now. But they know me: I’m willing to take on whoever is the No. 1 guy in their view.”
Neither MacDonald or Lima have fought since their meeting this past January and they do not have any fights booked at the moment.
MacDonald believes that former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov could be next in line for a title shot.
“I know Koreshkov is up there; I haven’t heard anything about Lorenz,” MacDonald said. “I know he’s like 1-2 (in Bellator) or something like that right now. So I don’t think he’s on the radar. So who knows.”
Koreshkov last competed at Bellator 182, where he defeated Chidi Njokuani by first round TKO in their main event encounter.