Fans in Philly are poised for a full night of action on August 6 when UFC 133 fires up in the City of Brotherly Love with a card now boasting twelve match-ups due to the recent addition of a welterweight showdown between submission savvy Mike Pyle and potential-laden prospect Rory MacDonald.
News of the pairing was announced earlier today on the UFC’s website.
Both men will enter the evening with a recent victory in the rear-view mirror though Pyle has had his hands raised in three straight outings including a Unanimous Decision over Ricardo Almeida at UFC 129 last March. The Xtreme Couture original has earned sixteen of his twenty-one total wins by way of submission and has tapped out the likes of Dan Hornbuckle, Chris Wilson, Shonie Carter, and Jon Fitch.
While Pyle has more than a decade in MMA, his opponent is widely considered to be one of the brightest young fighters competing in the sport today based on the development the 21-year old has shown at this stage in his career. MacDonald holds an overall record of 11-1 with the lone loss involving a hotly contested battle with former WEC 170-pound champion Carlos Condit last June where he fell via TKO with less than ten seconds remaining in the match-up. “The Waterboy” was last seen outpointing Nate Diaz less than a month ago at UFC 129, a performance most fans likely remember for a series of sweet slams MacDonald delivered to the Ultimate Fighter Season 5 winner.
Pyle and MacDonald will join a cast of players at UFC 133 already featuring Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Noguera, and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshishiro Akiyama.
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