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Old 03-27-2011, 01:34 AM
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Michael McDonald vs. Edwin Figueroa
Round 1
Josh Rosenthal is in charge of this bantamweight bout. Both 135’ers swinging away early, but it’s McDonald who gets off with crisp punching combinations and kicks to the body. He appears to have Figueroa in trouble and swarms him against the cage, but Figueroa survives and gets his space. McDonald has Figueroa’s low kicks time and is cracking him with a hard, straight right each time. The pace slows as McDonald looks to counter. Figueroa trying to keep his space with push kicks, but eats a flurry when he dives in with a Superman punch. McDonald gets a high double-leg, lifts Figueroa off the ground and slams him to the mat with just over a minute to go. He digs a few shots and allows Figueroa back up. McDonald closes the round with a crisp left hand, then a right that puts Figueroa on rubber legs.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 McDonald
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 McDonald
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 McDonald

Round 2
Figueroa slaps a head kick on McDonald, who catches the leg and drives forward, punching Figueroa in the face as h drives him into the mat. Figueroa tries to roll for a leg lock, but instead has his back taken. McDonald sinks both hooks in and sinks in the rear-naked choke with 3:40 left on the clock. It’s under the chin, but Figueroa defends perfectly and gets his head loose. Figueroa twists around and McDonald transitions to a triangle-armbar. Figueroa drops McDonald on his head and survives the submission, but McDonald is tenacious. He continues to throw legs up at the posturing Figueroa with two minutes left. McDonald locks up a triangle, then grabs the arm again, and this time it looks very tight. Figueroa slams loose, but McDonald goes right back to it. It’s a triangle with a straight armbar, but Figueroa just won’t tap. Figueroa slips his head free. He postures up and drills McDonald with a few punches, then goes for a guillotine in the waning seconds.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 McDonald
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 McDonald
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 McDonald

Round 3
McDonald comes out for the third round looking stiff and Figueroa tired, his hands by his side. Nonetheless, both men swing away, McDonald with combos and Figueroa with huge uppercuts. Figueroa tags McDonald with a knee, then a one-two and McDonald is stunned. Figueroa just doesn’t have the gas to finish and gets taken down in the center of the cage with three minutes to go. Figueroa scrambles back up, only to be taken down again, this time at the base of the cage. Figueroa sweeps and gets his head caught, but slips loose and moves to side control on McDonald’s right. McDonald stuffs his man back to full guard and closes up. He latches on to Figueroa’s left arm and tries for an armbar, but Figueroa gets free and wants it back on the feet. Leaping knee from Figueroa with 60 seconds left, then a partially blocked head kick. McDonald scores another takedown with 40 to go and Figueroa tries to punch from rubber guard. That’s where it ends, and both fighters embrace on the mat after a great fight.

TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 McDonald (30-27 McDonald)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Figueroa (29-28 McDonald)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 McDonald (30-27 McDonald)

Official scores: All three judges have it 30-27 in favor of 20-year-old Michael McDonald, who takes a unanimous decision in his UFC debut.
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