You can probably expect a lot of action in the first bout of the Spike prelims, and that's probably why it got promoted at the last minute. Bantamweights usually deliver, and despite one of the guys in the fight being a newcomer to the UFC, it should be a good one. Top prospect Michael McDonald (13-1, 2-0 UFC) meets Alex Soto (6-0-1, 0-0 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at .
McDonald is currently at number 13 at bantamweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Soto is unranked. McDonald isn't going to move up much with a win here, but he looks to be a solid contender in the future no matter what. This is Soto's first fight in the UFC, and win here would definitely earn him some consideration for the top 25. This fight will be on the televised portion of the preliminary card, and will be aired live on Spike TV. The Spike broadcast begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
McDonald: 20 years old | 5'8" | 70" reach
Soto: 27 years old | 5'9" | 71" reach
What have these two done recently?
McDonald: Edwin Figueroa (UD) | W - (SUB)
Soto: D - | W - (SUB) | W - (TKO)
How did these two get here?
McDonald made his pro debut at the young age of 16, rattling off 7 wins in 14 months before meeting fellow UFC 130 competitor Cole Escovedo. Escovedo handed him the first loss of his career, finishing Mayday by TKO in the second round. McDonald rebounded from that with three more wins, including a knockout of Escovedo in a rematch, to earn his way into the WEC. After finishing Clint Godfrey in under three minutes at WEC 52, the merger went down and McDonald was quickly off to a new organization again. His decision win over Edwin Figueroa at UFC Fight Night 24 was one of the most entertaining BW matchups of 2011 so far, and his split-decision win over Chris Cariaso at UFC 130 was pretty good too.
Alex Soto is a former member of the US Army and current dolphin trainer (seriously) who made his MMA debut in mid-2009. He rattled off six straight wins before going over to Japan to fight in DEEP. He went to a draw in his only bout there, but that was enough to earn him a spot on the UFC 139 card as a late replacement for Johnny Eduardo.
Why should you care?
If you don't care about Mayday, I don't care about you. End of story.
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