Although we already reported about a week ago that a welterweight showdown between Rory MacDonald and Che Mills was on tap for a rumored event in Montreal, UFC officials have now confirmed both the fight and the event.
“Verbal agreements are in for an explosive welterweight match-up between ‘Beautiful’ Che Mills and Rory ‘Ares’ MacDonald at UFC 145 next March in Canada,” said UFC president Dana White on Tuesday.
UFC 145 marks the promotion’s return to the Bell Centre in Montreal for the first time since December 2010. The promotion had made the Montreal an annual stop, three years running until 2011, although they did double-up in 2010.
Mills (14-4) failed in his bid to get into The Ultimate Fighter house for the Team U.S.A. vs. Team U.K. season. He is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, including his Octagon debut at UFC 138, where he won the Knockout of the Night for his stoppage of Chris Cope.
He faces an extremely difficult task in MacDonald (12-1). The Canadian fighter has slipped only once in his career, losing in the closing seconds of the fight to title contender Carlos Condit at UFC 115 after winning the first couple rounds of the fight.
MacDonald bounced back by defeating Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle, putting himself right back in the mix among fighters on the fringe of a title shot.
MacDonald was slated to return at the recent UFC 140 in Toronto, but fell off the card due to injury. He’s healing up and will return against Mills on March 24.