UFC 130 Fight Card Primer: Michael McDonald vs. Chris Cariaso

Michael "Mayday" McDonald (12-1, 1-0 UFC) will look to continue his progression as a top prospect when he faces Chris Cariaso (11-2, 1-0 UFC) in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 130. The bout will be the last of three fights shown on the Facebook portion of UFC 130. The Facebook stream begins at 6:45 EST/3:45 PST.

How do these two stack up?

McDonald: 20 years old | 5'9" | 70" reach
Cariaso: 28 years old | 5'3" | 64.5" reach

What have these two done lately?

McDonald: W - Edwin Figueroa (UD) | W - Clint Godfrey (SUB) | W - Cole Escovedo (KO)
Cariaso: W - Will Campuzano (UD) | L - Renan Barao (SUB) | W - Rafael Rebello (UD)

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.

Chris "Kamikaze" Cariaso has competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC in the past, and entered the WEC in mid-2010. He went 1-1 in the organization, picking up a decision win over Rafael Rabello in his debut before being submitted by Renan Barao at WEC 53. His debut in the UFC was successful as he picked up a decision win over Will Campuzano at Fight for the Troops 2 in January. He was supposed to face Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto on this card, but a Kid injury withdrawal led to this matchup.

Why should you watch?

Mayday is almost guaranteed to make this an exciting fight, because he's fireworks personified.

 

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