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UFC 174: Rory MacDonald Vs. Tyron Woodley

ufc 174

Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley

Our co-main event features two welterweights looking to inch closer to a title shot, as Canada’s own, Rory MacDonald, faces Tyron Woodley.

MacDonald (16-2) is 6-1 in his last seven, suffering only a split decision loss to Robbie Lawler last year. The Tristar Gym fighter has defeated the likes of BJ Penn, Nate Diaz, Jake Ellenberger and Demian Maia.

Woodley (13-2) is coming off back-to-back finishes of former interim champion Carlos Condit and ex-No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck. He was defeated by Jake Shields via split decision last year.

Round 1: Intense staredown from MacDonald as we get going. He’s very aggressive, which could play into Woodley’s plan. Woodley clinches, locks his hands, lands some knees to the body and backs him against the fence. Question mark kick from MacDonald and Woodley answers with a kick of his own. MacDonald closes the distance, lands a combo and is continuing the apply the pressure. Woodley scores with a takedown, but is unable to do any damage because MacDonald gets right back up. He follows up with kicks to the body and goes back to pressuring Woodley.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 2: Just like the first, MacDonald comes right out and is the aggressive fighter. MacDonald fakes a takedown of his own but backs off. Woodley fires off a kick to the lead leg and another. Another leg kick from Woodley, and MacDonald responds with his patented question mark kick. MacDonald with kicks to the leg and body, continuing to back him up and keep him against the fence. MacDonald completely playing with Woodley, standing and landing.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 3: Woodley is going for broke, landing a right that clips MacDonald. However, he quickly loses control of the center and is tiring again. MacDonald with a combo to the chin that connects. Looked like a low kick from MacDonald, but as Woodley tries to take a break, the ref tells them to continue, saying, “it didn’t hit you good.” MacDonald comes back with kicks and scores a takedown of his own against the former college standout wrestler. MacDonald moves to side control with 30 seconds left, as the crowd begins chanting, “Rory, Rory.” He’s pounding away with big right hands, as he has Woodley trapped.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Rory MacDonald def. Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)