MMAFighting.com is reporting that a welterweight match up between Canadian Rory MacDonald and California native Nate Diaz has been booked for the upcoming UFC 129 fight card.
At 21-years old, MacDonald is among the youngest competitors fighting in the UFC. A former lightweight champion of the King of the Cage Canada fight promotion, MacDonald has shown great promise for his age. He made his UFC debut as a welterweight in January of last year, defeating Mike Guymon by first round submission. In his return bout, he took on former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit and was defeated in the third round despite dominating Condit in the fight’s early going. His record stands at 10-1 with all of his fights ending by submission, KO or TKO. He has not competed in the Octagon since the loss to Condit, which came via TKO this past June.
Cesar Gracie-trained Nate Diaz recently had a two-fight win streak broken after posting a unanimous decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 125 on the first of this month. Diaz has gone 2-2 in his last four bouts, and 2-1 since moving from lightweight to welterweight. After posting a controversial split decision loss to Gray Maynard in January of 2010, Diaz moved up to welterweight and thoroughly defeated both Rory Markham and Marcus Davis. The loss to Kim dropped the talented 25-year old to 13-6.
UFC 129 will take place this April 30th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will mark the UFC’s first foray into the province. The card will feature a welterweight title fight between champion Georges St. Pierre and Diaz’s training partner Jake Shields.