Rory MacDonald pounded out Mike Pyle in the first round at UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
The 22-year old Canadian standout fended off Pyle’s early takedown attempts and finished him off on the ground with a series of strikes.
MacDonald postured up from inside Pyle’s guard and landed a left hook that hurt the seasoned veteran. Pyle rolled in an attempt to get out of danger but MacDonald continued to land punches and elbows forcing the referee to call a stop to the fight just shy of four minutes in the first round.
“I was just trying to control his body, keep my weight over his, stay away from his dangerous submissions and ground and pound,” said MacDonald in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“I know I hit hard on the ground, so as soon as I felt that clean impact, I knew it was time to finish,” he said of the technical knockout win.
MacDonald improved his record to 12-1 and plans to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible.
“I wish it would have gone a little longer because I could have shown more things, but I’ll just fight again soon, keep putting on great shows and keep evolving.”
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