UFC 145 Fight Card Primer: Rory MacDonald Vs. Che Mills

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In a Welterweight clash at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans, Rory MacDonald (12-1, 3-1 UFC) meets Che Mills (14-4(1); 1-0 UFC). This is the semi-main event of the evening. MacDonald is currently ranked as the #12 Welterweight in the world according to the USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings, while Mills is unranked. The PPV card begins Saturday, April 21 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

The UFC promotion for this fight has built it up as a battle between two future stars of the company. That kind of build is accurate for MacDonald, who has looked stellar in his latest fights. But for Mills, who is only in his 2nd UFC fight, it feels a bit exaggerated. This is definitely a fight between two rising talents - but the gap between MacDonald and Mills at the moment is pretty significant.

How do these two stack up?

MacDonald: 22 years old | 6'0" | 76.5" reach
Mills: 29 years old | 6'0"

What have these two done recently?

MacDonald: W - Mike Pyle (TKO) | W - Nate Diaz (UD) | L - Carlos Condit (TKO)
Mills: W - Chris Cope (TKO) | W - Marcio Cesar (KO) | W - Magomed Shikhshabekov (UD)

How did these two get here?

Canada's Rory MacDonald has quickly climbed the ranks of the Welterweight division since his UFC debut in 2010. After a loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 115 (in a fight where MacDonald had the future champ in some real trouble), MacDonald came back strong with an absolute domination over Nate Diaz. He looked good again against Pyle, but has been sidelined with injury since that August win. A training partner of Georges St. Pierre at TriStar Gym, MacDonald already has received a lot of comparisons to his pound for pound great teammate. He's one of the most hyped UFC fighters right now, which means he has a lot to live up to every time he fights.

Che Mills is an English fighter who made his official UFC debut last year, defeating Chris Cope in a 40 second KO of the Night performance at UFC 138. He also made an appearance on season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter, losing in the qualifying round. Mills has made his name fighting mainly in the UK for organizations like Cage Rage and Bamma, where he holds wins over Marius Zaromskis and Jake Hecht. He's currently on a 5 fight win streak.

Why should you care?

With due respect to Mills, you should care because the hype about MacDonald is true - this 21 year old could indeed be the future of the Welterweight division. If you haven't already, get on board now. And if Mills pulls off the upset? Then he inherits that momentum and hype.

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans - Rory MacDonald Vs. Che Mills Dissection

More UFC 145 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans - Rory MacDonald Vs. Che Mills Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 145 Dana White Vlog Part 1 - Kid Nate

Video: Complete UFC 145 Weigh Ins And Jon Jones Vs Rashad Evans Stare-Down Pic - Kid Nate

UFC 145 Judo Chop: Just How Good Is The Striking Of Jon Jones? - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 145 Weigh-In Results: Jones 205, Evans 204 - Tim Burke

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans Staff Picks And Predictions - Tim Burke

UFC 145: Chris Clements Talks Debut Against Wisniewski - Steph Daniels

UFC 145: Renato Laranja Gives His Fight Predictions - Steph Daniels

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans - Brendan Schaub Vs. Ben Rothwell Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 145 Video: Jon Jones, 'How Would You Define Me?' - Anton Tabuena

Bloody Elbow's UFC 145: Jon Jones Vs. Rashad Evans Event Poster - Anton Tabuena

UFC 145 Video: Open Workouts Footage Featuring Jones, Evans, And Many More - Tim Burke

UFC 145 Video: Rashad Evans, Greg Jackson Discuss Main Event - Tim Burke

UFC 145 Video: Matt Brown Tells Luke Thomas All About Prepping For Stephen Thompson - Kid Nate

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans - Miguel Torres Vs. Michael McDonald Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 145 Video: Jon Jones Questions Rashad Evans' Chin And Wrestling - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 145: Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson Talks Sophomore Outing Against Matt Brown - Steph Daniels

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans - Mark Hominick Vs. Eddie Yagin Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 145 Judo Chop: How Much Of Jon Jones' MMA Take Downs Are Greco And How Much Are Judo? - Bloody Elbow

UFC 145 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans - Mark Bocek Vs. John Alessio Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 145: Can Rashad Evans Stand With Jon Jones? - Jack Slack

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans - Preliminary Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

Is Jones Vs. Evans Actually Personal? - Fraser Coffeen

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