Review: 2014-02-22, close and tough fight with some nice exchanges and a good work on the ground (in the first part): Rory MacDonald vs Demian Maia gets three stars (UFC Fight of the Night). Rory MacDonald entered this fight with a professional mma record of 15-2-0 (80% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.4 welterweight in the world, he is a black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu and last year he fought twice: he beat Jake Ellenberger in July (=Ellenberger vs MacDonald) but then he lost to Robbie Lawler in November (=MacDonald vs Lawler).
His opponent, the 36-year-old Demian Maia (12 more than MacDonald), has an official record of 18-5-0 (67% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.6 in the same weight class (actually the #1 in this division is Georges St Pierre). Like MacDonald, Maia is also a black belt in bjj and he fought twice in 2013: winning the first bout against Jon Fitch (=Fitch vs Maia) and then losing to Jake Shields (=Maia vs Shields). MacDonald vs Maia is on the undercard of Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann – UFC 170. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC 170: Rousey vs Mcmann
Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Division: welterweight (170 lbs, 77 kg)
MacDonald’s previous fight: Rory MacDonald vs Robbie Lawler
Maia’s previous fight: Demian Maia vs Jake Shields
Maia’s next fight: Demian Maia vs Alexander Yakovlev
MacDonald’s next fight: Rory MacDonald vs Tyron Woodley
(Free embeddable highlights video hosted on BT Sport’s official Youtube channel)
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