Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit opened the main card in a bout that had been touted as a battle of youth vs experience. In the end it was experience that won out, but it was a hell of a fight from both men.
There was a lot of hype surrounding MacDonald coming into this fight, and he lived up to it with a tremendous display in the first two rounds, showing remarkable confidence and composure as he pushed the pace, showing well rounded skills and excellent takedowns against a tough opponent in Condit.
Condit still had plenty of fight left in him going into the third round, and after a lecture from coach Greg Jackson he elevated his game, finally getting the better of MacDonald standing and then capitalizing on the mat with some vicious ground and pound for much of the round, causing cuts and swelling to emerge on the younger fighters face.
In the end with just seven seconds left the referee had seen enough and called a halt to the contest, capping a remarkable comeback for Condit.
Despite his defeat MacDonald showed that he’s going to be around for a long time in the UFC, and it’s exciting to think what he may become with more experience and training under his belt.
As for Condit, he moves to 2-1 in the UFC, 25-5 in his career overall and proved tonight that he’s got an unbreakable will and the skills to be a tough opponent for anyone in the division.