Bellator MMA Welterweight Champion Rory MacDonald will face fellow UFC veteran Jon Fitch later this year in the opening round of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix.
MacDonald plans on winning the grand prix and would like to fight Michael “Venom” Page in the finals.
“I would like to (fight him) because I have already fought Paul Daley and beat him. I have already fought Douglas Lima and beat him,” MacDonald told the McDojo Show. “If there’s one guy left on the other side of the bracket that’s still in it, I would like to fight ‘MVP,’ but may the best man win.”
MVP is slated to fight longtime rival Paul Daley in a grand prix opening round bout next month at Bellator 216.
The welterweight champion is also coming off of a loss to Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206, a defeat that has taught the champion some lessons.
“I think my focus was off during training camp,” MacDonald said. “I just didn’t prepare myself, both physically and mentally. I just was a bit lazy, got a bit comfortable and didn’t give it the respect it deserved for that situation.”
Whomever wins the bout between MacDonald and Fitch will meet Neiman Gracie in the semi-finals of the grand prix.