In bantamweight action, Michael McDonald took a unanimous decision from late replacement Edwin Figueroa in a very action-packed bout.
McDonald started very strong, lighting Figueroa up early with excellent striking including heavy counter shots that won him the round in Bloody Elbow's eyes 10-9.
The second round saw McDonald get a takedown off the clinch and attack constantly with submissions throughout the round. Despite being on the receiving end of multiple submissions that were very close to stopping the fight, Figueroa somehow managed to free himself each time. Toward the end of the round Figueroa managed to get on top and open up with big strikes but it was too little, too late as he'd already lost the round.
The final frame saw Figueroa manage to win the stand-up exchanges as McDonald was gassing from his constant submission attack in the second. Still, Michael scored enough takedowns throughout the round to win it as all three judges saw the fight 30-27 for McDonald.
Having been born on New Year's Day in 1991, McDonald is currently the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. He made a big splash in his Zuffa debut with an early first round submission victory over Clint Godfrey at WEC 52 last November. He's also already avenged his lone career loss to former WEC champion Cole Escovedo.
Figueroa stepped in on late notice when Nick Pace went down with an injury. He was previously 7-0 with all seven fights ending via stoppage within two rounds.