Canadian welterweight Rory MacDonald will fight for the first time in 2013 this Saturday at UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle. He will be facing Jake Ellenberger in a faceoff that will put the winner into ‘the mix’ for the next shot at the welterweight belt. MacDonald made his professional debut at the age of 16. The young British Columbian beat Terry Thiara via rear naked choke at Extreme Fighting Challenge 4 on October 15, 2005. He went on to beat Ken Tran and Jordan Mein via the exact same submission at KOTC Canada: Anarchy and Rumble in the Cage 17. MacDonald fought four times in his first year as a professional capping off his rookie season with a triangle choke submission victory over Quinton Moreno at KOTC Canada: Insurrection.
In November of 2006, MacDonald scored his first TKO against Yoon Heo at another KOTC Canada event. Following the Heo victory, MacDonald faced Kajan Johnson for the KOTC Canadian Lightweight title. MacDonald then faced Clay French for the KOTC Lightweight Championship. He won the title in the waning seconds of the second round via KO victory. Six months later he made his welterweight debut for the KOTC Canada promotion.
MacDonald fought once more at welterweight for KOTC Canada where he KO Nick Hinchliffe in the second round. After the Hinchliffe victory, the 9-0 MacDonald made his UFC Debut in Fairfax, VA on January 11th, 2010. It was there that he submitted Mike “Joker” Guymon by way of armbar in the latter half of the first round. In his second UFC fight, MacDonald faced Carlos Condit and earned the Fight of the Night award for his performance. It was an award that he would have gladly given back for a victory. The undefeated fighter experienced defeat for the first time seven seconds before the end of the bout at the hands and elbows of Condit. Adding insult to injury, the judges’ scorecards revealed that if he had hung on for those seven seconds he would have won the fight by split decision.
After losing to Condit, MacDonald moved to Montreal and joined the Tristar gym permanently. MacDonald rebounded from the Condit loss with a unanimous decision win over Nate Diaz. The loss of the MacDonald fight prompted Diaz to return to the lightweight division of the UFC. MacDonald followed up the Diaz fight by finishing Mike Pyle in the first round and Che Mills in the second. On the strength of a three-fight win streak, MacDonald stepped up to meet BJ Penn in Seattle, W.A. MacDonald proceeded to dismantle Penn over the course of three rounds landing combinations at will on the veteran.