by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It was young lion against younger lion at UFC 115, and the young lion Carlos Condit snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after a war with Rory MacDonald in Vancouver on Saturday night.
At only 20-years of age, Rory MacDonald is undoubtedly ahead of the curve of most mixed martial artists and he showed off his skills by coming after the last ever WEC welterweight champion with everything in his arsenal and the kitchen sink.
The two 170lb fighters battled on the feet and seemed fairly even, but MacDonald took Condit down multiple times during the first two rounds, and managed to match the New Mexico born fighter strike for strike early on.
With the first two rounds likely going to MacDonald, coach Greg Jackson was unloading in Condit’s ear between rounds urging a strong finish. Condit is obviously a very good listener.
Condit tagged MacDonald on the feet, and then go the fight to the ground where he proceeded to absolutely unload with elbows and punches on the young Canadian. As the side of MacDonald’s head swelled up like he had a golf ball stuffed in there, commentator Joe Rogan noted that he likely had a broken orbital bone.
Just relentless with his attack, Condit bashed MacDonald with everything he had, and with less than :10 seconds remaining the referee saw enough and stopped the fight, giving the “Natural Born Killer” the TKO win.
“I didn’t know how many seconds were left, I was just working,” Condit said after the stoppage. “I think I caught him with something standing, and then when I was on the ground I was kind of able to dominate a bit.”
Fighting in his home province in Canada, MacDonald gave credit to Condit for the fight, and had no problem with the way the fight ended.
“To tell you the truth I didn’t know what was going on. It was a just stoppage, he was kicking my ass,” MacDonald said.
Condit, now 2-1 in the UFC, is making a name for himself as one of the toughest and most exciting fighters in the welterweight division, while MacDonald has a lot of years left in him in this sport.
“It was really close, too close for comfort,” Condit admitted. “Rory’s a great fighter, he’s got a lot of great fights in front of him, I’m sure he’ll come back from this.”