Che Mills took a big step up taking on Rory MacDonald and paid the price. The twenty-two year old phenom used vicious ground and pound to turn the face of “Beautiful” into a nasty sight, picking up the victory in the second round.
After a couple of right hands from Mills, MacDonald secured the takedown and ended up in top position. The Tristar standout methodically broke down Mills, passing guard and landing heavy ground and pound. He did not waste any time in the second, taking the action to the mat and finishing Mills at 2:20.
“I could tell I was landing big shots and when I hit guys on the ground and they’re clean I know they’re going to be hurt,” said MacDonald. “I just stayed on him and tried to stay tight in all my positions and flatten him out and finish him.”
Mills was a big underdog coming in and took the punishment many expected, facing one of the most talented welterweights in the UFC. In just his second fight inside the Octagon, Mills got a taste of what the top of the division has to offer. At 14-5-1, he still has a lot of upside and a gracious MacDonald acknowledged his skills.
“Che was a great opponent. He didn’t get much respect in the media because he lack of fights in the UFC. I took this fight very seriously. I trained as hard as I do for all my fights and I’m very happy the way the fight went,” explained MacDonald.
MacDonald improves to 12-1 and will be working toward a title shot in the future.
“I want to be champion one day but I’m still very young,” the youngster commented. “One thing I lack in the top of this division is experience and I’m aware of that. I need to get a lot more fights and stay a lot more regular about competing, at least three times a year.”