UFC 129 Results Recap: Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz

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21 year old welterweight Rory MacDonald beats Nate Diaz by unanimous decision at UFC 129.

What was the high spot of this fight?

In the third round, Rory MacDonald executed three beautiful high slam takedowns. Easily the high point of a tremendous performance.

Where do these guys go from here?

Rory MacDonald was fantastic in victory. I had concerns that a long layoff would render him less effective and lead to possible issues with his endurance as the fight wore on. Instead, Rory seemed to get stronger throughout as he bested Diaz on the feet and the ground. I still would love to see a rematch with Carlos Condit but if that is out of the question a fight against someone like fellow UFC 129 fighter Jake Ellenberger holds a certain appeal.

As for Nate Diaz? I'm sure we'll see him continue on as a Spike TV fixture both on Fight Night cards and pay-per-view prelims. He didn't find success at lightweight but he looks like he's getting outsized at welterweight. I don't really know what is in the future but he's an exciting fighter and one that I'm sure the UFC is not looking to let go.

Watch it now, later, or never?

MacDonald is very possibly the future of 170 pounds. I can't tell you to watch every single fight on the card now, so I'll make this a "watch it later" but seriously...watch it.

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More UFC 129 Results and Analysis from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

 

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