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Playing to the Philly crowd, Pyle walks out to “Gonna Fly Now” — the Rocky theme. MacDonald goes in a… different direction and walks out to “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer.
Kevin Mulhall will oversee the first bout on the night’s main card, which goes down in the welterweight division.
Round 1: They touch gloves to start the first. MacDonald takes the center. Pyle goes for a takedown and is shucked off. MacDonald catches a leg kick from Pyle and dumps him to the mat. Pyle keeps MacDonald at bay with up-kicks and gets to his feet. Pyle is denied on one takedown attempt, but succeeds on a second. MacDonald gets to his feet, but Pyle stays on him and presses him into the fence. Pyle gets him back down. MacDonald uses butterfly guard to get to his feet. MacDonald lands a good left hook off of a feint. MacDonald looks for the guillotine and Pyle rolls out of it deftly. MacDonald follows Pyle to the ground and works from his guard. The crowd boos while MacDonald throws kicks to a downed Pyle’s legs. Back to Pyle’s full guard. MacDonald landing some hard shots as they scramble. Pyle is getting teed off on here. Mulhall has seen enough and stops the fight, leaving Pyle turtled on the canvas.
Rory MacDonald defeated Mike Pyle via TKO (strikes) at 3:54 of round 1
Pyle is all kinds of wobbly; he’s pissed, too. In case anyone was wondering, MacDonald is the real deal.