UFC® 133 Pre-Fight Press Conference at the Independence Visitors Center on August 4, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) via UFC.com
How do these two stack up?
Pyle: 35 years old | 6'1" | 74" reach
MacDonald: 22 years old | 6'0" | 76.5" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Mike "Quicksand" Pyle made his name outside the UFC for quite some time before finally joining the promotion in 2009. The Xtreme Couture veteran has competed for many notable organizations, including the WEC, Strikeforce, EliteXC, the IFL, and Sengoku. He is also a long-time trainer to Forrest Griffin. He started his UFC career going 1-2, but has since won his last 3, including solid wins over Hathaway and Almeida. He's one of those all around solid fighters who poses a threat anywhere.
MacDonald is only 22, with most of his experience coming in his home country of Canada. He's only been defeated once, by Carlos Condit in a very close fight, and comes in to this fight off the biggest win of his career, having defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 129. He now trains with Georges St. Pierre and others and the superb Tristar Gym, and has used that training to really hone his skills. MacDonald has a lot of potential, and is absolute one of the young fighters to keep an eye on.
Why should you care?
Like I said, MacDonald is a young fighter to watch, and a win here could really propel him up the ranks. But Pyle is a very seasoned opponent, who won't make many mistakes. This is a very close fight, and a tough one to call.