"Coming off an incredible Fight Of The Night win, top prospect Michael McDonald returns to the Octagon to face another exciting up-and-comer, Nick Pace, as they have verbally agreed to face each other in a bantamweight bout at UFC 133," said UFC President Dana White.
McDonald and Pace were originally supposed to meet at UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle last month, but an injury suffered by Pace led to Edwin Figueroa stepping in against McDonald, and a subsequent Fight of the Night-award winning performance by both men. Pace, a training partner of Bellator fighter Lyman Good at the Tiger Schulman Academy in New York City, hasn't fought since his UFC debut at the TUF 12 Finale in December where he sunk in his unique "Pace Choke" on Will Campuzano for a submission victory.
Michael "Mayday" McDonald (12-1)
Win Edwin Figueroa - unanimous decision - UFN 24
Win Clint Godfrey - submission (armbar) - WEC 52
Win Cole Escovedo - KO (punches) - TPF 5
Nick Pace (6-1)
Win Will Campuzano - submission ("Pace choke") - TUF 12 Finale
Loss Demetrious Johnson - unanimous decision - WEC 51
Win Steve DeAngelis - submission (d'arce choke) - ROC 30