by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com (additional reporting by Ken Pishna)
Fighting in front of a hometown crowd is always a bonus for any fight and it looks like Rory MacDonald will get that chance this summer when he faces former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit in a contest slated for the promotion’s debut in Vancouver on June 15.
Independent sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that the fight is currently in the works, but bout agreements have yet to be signed. The news was initially reported by MMAMania.com.
Condit (24-5) looks to get back on the steady pace that earned him a lot of acknowledgement when he was racking up wins in the WEC, when he faces MacDonald in June.
The New Mexico native was on an eight-fight win streak before losing a split decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut. Condit returned in September picking up a split decision win over Jake Ellenberger to even his UFC record at 1-1.
The former WEC champ was set to return to action in January, but an accident at home sliced open Condit’s hand and landed him in the hospital, putting him out of action indefinitely. Now returning to training, Condit looks to prove himself once again in a very deep welterweight division.
At only 20 years of age, Rory MacDonald (10-0) was considered one of Canada’s brightest prospects when the UFC signed him late in 2009. The young fighter went on to submit former King of the Cage champion Mike Guymon in the first round of their match-up at UFC Fight Night 20 in January.
While he may be one of the youngest competitors to ever compete in the Octagon, MacDonald makes up for his age with his tremendous experience. He holds wins over several veteran fighters, and has made waves as one of the top rising stars to make the move to the UFC.
The June 15 event in Vancouver has not yet been officially announced by the UFC, but rumors have circled about the event for sometime now and a headline fight pitting Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz is likely to be the main event on the card.