Round 1: MacDonald quickly takes the center of the cage. He misses with a front kick. The crowd is already chanting, “let’s go Rory!” They clinch and exchange knees to the body. Woodley presses MacDonald against the cage. He delivers foot stomps and knees to the body. They separate. MacDonald throwing his jab. Woodley lands a kick to the body. MacDonald being aggressive. He lands a kick to the body. Woodley closes the distance and MacDonald lands a knee to the body. Woodley ties him up against the cage. The crowd is still chanting. MacDonald circles away from the clinch. He lands a solid kick to the body. Woodley catches it and counters with a right hand. He takes MacDonald down. MacDonald immediately gets back to his feet. He lands a kick to the body. MacDonald is keeping the pressure on Woodley. MacDonald goes to the body and then the head. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald.
Round 2: MacDonald takes the center of the cage again. He paws with his jab as he moves forward. He briefly looks for a takedown. Woodley lands a hard outside leg kick. He lands another one. MacDonald is controlling the distance. Woodley delivers another hard leg kick. MacDonald answers to the body. MacDonald moves in behind his jab and unleashes a combination. MacDonald doubles up on his jab. Woodley responds with an outside leg kick. MacDonald goes to the body and head. He lands a high kick. Woodley lands a jab. MacDonald continues to pressure Woodley. He lands a hard right hand. MacDonald showing Woodley little respect. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald.
Round 3: MacDonald comes out aggressive again. Woodley winging punches. He lands a right hand. MacDonald now moving forward. Woodley is left fighting with his back against the cage like the two previous rounds. Woodley delivers a kick to the body. Woodley lands a spinning back kick that may have been low. Referee John McCarthy said it didn’t land to the groin and tells them to keep fighting. MacDonald goes to the body with a right hand. He changes levels and takes Woodley down. Woodley controlling MacDonald’s wrists. MacDonald stands over Woodley. He drops in with a right hand. He stands again and drops in with a left hand. He steps over into full mount. He slides over into side control. He lands a series of left hands. He has Woodley’s arm trapped and Woodley has no choice but to eat the punches. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for MacDonald.
The judges score it for MacDonald by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“It was a fun fight. Everything went exactly the way we planned it. We knew that he had big power and I thought he would come out swinging at the beginning of each round. My goal was to defend the takedown and try to get a few of my own when I got the opportunity. Control was the key in the fight and we controlled it.”
“I felt good coming into the fight tonight. There wasn’t anything unexpected. I just let him dictate the pace to early in the fight. I really never got into my rhythm. Rory did a great job tonight.”