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MMA notes: UFC PPV price increase, Rory MacDonald signs with PFL


On Wednesday, it was revealed that ESPN is raising prices for UFC pay-per-views on their ESPN+ streaming service starting with January's UFC 246 show headlined by the return of Conor McGregor.

The new price will be $64.99, a return to the pre-ESPN era. When ESPN took over as the sole U.S. provider for the UFC's PPV distribution last March, they reduced the price to $59.99 to help account for the $5 monthly ESPN+ fee.

As part of their PPV deal, the sports network giant pays UFC a monthly flat amount for the exclusivity and the two sides do a revenue split after a certain amount is reached.


Former Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald has signed with the PFL, first reported by ESPN's Ariel Helwani.

The move came as a surprise as the 30-year-old had a successful three-year run with Bellator after leaving the UFC. During his time in Bellator, he went 3-2-1 and won their welterweight title, successfully defending it twice. He lost it to Douglas Lima in October in the finals of the company's welterweight Grand Prix.

After the Lima fight, he became a free agent as the champion's clause no longer applied to him.

PFL runs on a season-style format where the winner of each weight division takes home up to $1 million. Helwani reported the Canadian will be part of their 2020 season and will compete for their welterweight title.