Rory MacDonald hasn’t been satisfied with his switch to Bellator from the UFC, but he said he’s remaining optimistic about a brighter future.

Former UFC welterweight title challenger signed with Bellator in August 2016. He made his intentions immediately known and expressed a desire to stay active and chase belts in not just one – but multiple weight classes.

The Canadian admitted things haven’t progressed quite as quickly as he’d expected since signing with Bellator.

“I’ve expressed my disappointment with Bellator,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie. “I had some conversations with (Bellator President) Scott Coker expressing that. I’m not the type of fighter that needs to be sidelined and fight once a year. I need to be kept busy. I think he knows now. I think he wants to improve on that in 2018 and keep me more busy. I’m waiting. We’ll see. I hope that I’ll get at least three fights in during 2018.”

“It’s been a slow process with Bellator,” MacDonald said. “I think their organization is – they’re a little bit scattered. It’s a small staff, and things like that. But they’re doing the best they can. I’m sure 2018 we’ll get that ball rolling. Once I’m the champion, I think that creates more excitement going into Canada, going in as the champion. It’s more meaningful to promote a fight up there having a Canadian champion. We’ll see what happens.”

“I see it going probably one or two rounds, maybe three,” MacDonald said. “I don’t see it going four or five rounds. I’m going to close the show before then.”