UFC 129 Fight Card Primer: Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald

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Nate Diaz (13-6, 8-4 UFC) continues his welterweight experiment against Rory MacDonald (10-1, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 129. The UFC will air this bout on Spike TV.

How do these guys stack up?

Diaz: 26 years old | 5'10" | 76" reach
MacDonald: 21 years old | 5'11" | reach unknown

What have these guys done lately?

Diaz: L - Dong Hyun Kim (UD) | W - Marcus Davis (SUB) | W - Rory Markham (TKO)
MacDonald: L - Carlos Condit (TKO) | W - Mike Guymon (SUB) | W - Nick Hinchliffe (KO)

How did these guys get here?

Nate Diaz, brother of Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz, started his career 5-2 before joining the cast of the Ultimate Fighter 5, winning the show with a victory over Manny Gamburyan. Diaz won four consecutive fights before going 1-3 with losses to Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, and Gray Maynard. Diaz jumped up to welterweight, defeating Rory Markham and Marcus Davis before dropping a close decision to Dong Hyun Kim.

Rory MacDonald is one of the brightest prospects in the sport. He started his career 9-0 before his 21st birthday, prompting the UFC to sign him. He debuted against Mike Guymon in January of 2010, submitting Guymon with an armbar. MacDonald would go on to fight Carlos Condit at UFC 125. After winning the first two rounds, Condit rallied in the final frame to force a TKO stoppage with just seven seconds left in the fight.

Why should you care?

MacDonald is an A-list prospect, and Nate is still only 26 years old and may be a late bloomer like his brother. This is arguably the best all-around fight on the show.

For more information on how to see this bout read: How to Watch 'UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields' Live Online and On Television

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