Sat May 08 08:16pm EDT
Jason MacDonald was hoping for a triumphant return to the UFC in his home country. Instead he got another loss and probably a long rehabilition stint in front of home. MacDonald, who was cut by the promotion after losses in three-of-four UFC fights back in April of 2009, was late fill-in at UFC 113. He just won a fight with LGIO MMA 1 back on Apr. 23 and was called in to face John Salter.
After some early clinch work over the first two minutes of the fight, MacDonald looked to work a submission as he pulled guard and tried for a guillotine choke. But on the way down his left leg buckled and he suffered a vicious injury. MacDonald immediately let go of the hold and referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight at 2:42 of the first giving Salter his first UFC win via TKO at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
MacDonald (23-14, 5-6 UFC) stayed down for a few minutes as he was fitted with a boot before he was taken from the Octagon. It's an unfortunate injury for a guy who has been one of the UFC's better card fillers, having won four different postfight honors for Submission or Fight of the Night. MacDonald shot up the rankings when he first joined the promotion and came close to getting a middleweight title shot back in 2008 before he lost to Rich Franklin at UFC 68.
"JOKER" THE ONLY ONE LAUGHING IN FIGHT NO. 2 OF THE NIGHT
It's likely Mike Guymon shows the most emotion of the night after a win. Nicknamed "Joker" for his huge, everpresent smile, the guy has been through it all, working his way up from the minors.
It got so bad at one point for Guymon, who struggles with depression, that he attempted suicide by cop last summer. He's an easy guy to root for but frankly he looked overmatched in his first UFC try at Ultimate Fight Night 20 against Rory MacDonald. Tonight, he made amends by controlling a solid veteran in Yoshiyuki Yoshida. In a back and forth fight, Guymon scored multiple takedowns, multiple mounts and had Yoshida in big trouble in the final round. Joker couldn't score the finish but he did take a unanimous decision victory, 30-27 on all cards, for his first UFC win.
Guymon (12-3, 1-1 UFC) got things started in the first with an early takedown where he eventually tried to work a guillotine. He scored another takedown at the end of the round to the set the tone for the rest of the right. The second round was a solid chess match with Guymon scoring another takedown and a mount. Yoshida (11-5, 2-3 UFC) eventually gave his back, and reversed the position where he tried an arm-triangle choke with little success. Guymon was the fresher fighter in the final stanza. He scored a mount half way through the round and then took Yoshida's back. In this positions, he landed several nasty punches and elbows.
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