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In Bantamweight action at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans, former WEC Bantamweight champion Miguel Torres faced rising star Michael McDonald. McDonald proved that the hype behind him is well justified, knocking out the former champion in round 1. The 21 year old McDonald remains undefeated in the UFC at 4-0, 15-1 overall. Torres drops to 40-5, 2-2 in the UFC.
Since losing his WEC title, Torres has been working to evolve into a more studied, strategic fighter. And he's had good success with that transition so far. But here, McDonald put the pressure on, and it proved to be too much. McDonald's striking was the difference maker in this fight, as he aggressively outstruck Torres. In particular, his uppercuts looked great, really hurting the former champion.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Like I said, McDonald's uppercuts were fantastic, particularly in the fight ending combo.
Where do these guys go from here?
By defeating the former Bantamweight kingpin, McDonald throws his name into the mix of possible title contenders at 135. He's behind Urijah Faber and Renan Barao at the moment though. I'd love to see him face Brad Pickett to determine who is next in line.
For Torres, this was a tough loss. He's just never found that same swagger since losing the title a few years ago. People like to say he's just 31, but he's also got roughly 50 pro fights to his credit, many of them wars, and he's just not a top fighter anymore. He remains a good test for anyone though.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. Very exciting short fight here that brought a new name into the Bantamweight mix.
More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans in the full entry.