January 11, 2010
Rory MacDonald entered the Octagon with a lot of hype and didn't disappoint. The 20-year-old Canadian looked strong on the ground and improved position whenever he wanted. Mike Guymon got caught in a bad position and couldn't keep his arm secure from an armbar attempt. When MacDonald finally freed the arm and extended it for the armbar, Guymon tapped almost immediately at 4:27 of the first round.
"I'm a little disappointed with my performance," said the very demanding MacDonald. "But happy I got the win."
Guymon, 35, was the feel good story of the card. Last August, he tried to commit suicide. A veteran fighter and gym owner, on Aug.11 of 2009 he fought with his wife at home and rode off to find a police officer to assist in a suicide by cop. After a three-hour standoff, the situation was diffused, Guymon went into treatment and turned his life around. The UFC signed him to a four-fight deal in mid-October, but "The Joker" never got on track in this one. It was clear that his goal was to score takedowns and get top control. MacDonald thwarted Guymon's takedown attempts and converted all of them to dominant positions.
MacDonald said he'd like to fight on the UFC card in Vancouver in June. He may get a fight before that. The kid is talented and there are lots of cards to fill between now and June.
DOS ANJOS OVERPOWERS BRADLEY ON THE GROUND
Rafael Dos Anjos suffered one of the highlight reel knockouts of 2009 but the young Brazilian has bounced back to rip off two straight wins including tonight with a dominant unanimous decision victory, 30-27 on all cards, over Kyle Bradley.
Dos Anjos scored multiple takedowns. The end of the first round set the tone for the rest of the fight. The Brazilian drilled Bradley with a front kick to his face and then rocked him with a right cross. In the second, Dos Anjos did his biggest damage of the fight. Working out of full guard, he landed some huge elbows with two minutes left in the round. The final round was much of the same as Bradley faded.
Dos Anjos (13-4. 2-2 UFC) lost at UFC 91 to Jeremy Stephens after absorbing a vicious uppercut. But he opened eyes at Ultimate Fight Night 18 by taking Tyson Griffin the distance. Since then he's beaten Rob Emerson and now Bradley (14-7, 1-3 UFC).
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