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UFC 129: Nate Diaz Vs. Rory MacDonald

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Round 1: No glove touch in this fight, these two come out all business. MacDonald testing his range with kicks, Diaz looking to cut off the cage from MacDonald. They exchange briefly before tying up, with Diaz pressing MacDonald against the cage. MacDonald drops for the takedown and Diaz reverses, they get back to their feet. MacDonald with the superman punch. MacDonald with a nice front kick. MacDonald throwing kick after kick, most are partially blocked. Diaz baits MacDonald, who ties him up after landing a GSP-like superman punch-leg kick combo. MacDonald lands a front kick, a leg kick. Diaz drops for the takedown, has MacDonald pressed against the fence, but the 21-year-old defends well. Diaz lands a knee to the body; MacDonald counters with a right hand. scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 2: MacDonald gets double underhooks in the clinch off of another nice combination. Diaz shakes him off. Diaz turning up the aggression, moving into the clinch behind a few punches. MacDonald reverses him though and gets him to the mat on his back. Diaz back to his feet. MacDonald gets another takedown in the middle of the cage. MacDonald wants no part of Diaz’s guard, opting to stand over him and try to land punches. He gets in a good one as Diaz gets back to his feet. Diaz with a good straight left. They tie up briefly. Diaz lands a few hard punches that back MacDonald to the fence. He shrugs off a takedown attempt by MacDonald and presses him into the fence, where he starts in with shoulder strikes o the face and knees to the thigh. Diaz briefly trips MacDonald to the mat. MacDonald with a quick punch-to-leg kick combo. Diaz gets in a good right hand as he moves in for the takedown, which MacDonald defends. MacDonald tries for a flying knee. MacDonald fails on another takedown, but sandwiches that between two nice combinations. scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 3: MacDonald getting the better of the stand up exchanges early by utilizing a quick and varied attack. Diaz misses on a takedown and MacDonald is all over him, suplexing him head over heels two times in a row before landing in half guard. MacDonald standing over Diaz, dropping a few big rights. Diaz gets back up briefly but MacDonald ragdolls him back to the mat. Diaz back up, pressing MacDonald into the fence. MacDonald reverses. Diaz trying for the takedown again, but MacDonald avoids deftly. Diaz just can’t get MacDonald to the mat. “The Waterboy” gets Diaz down though and starts in with the ground and pound. Diaz getting beat up with thirty to go. Diaz fights back to his feet and keeps moving forward until the bell, but this one belongs to MacDonald. scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Rory MacDonald defeated Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)