UFC 145 Results: What We Learned from Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres

First LastCorrespondent IApril 21, 2012

Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres (40-5) was upset in the first round by one of the UFC's youngest fighters in Michael McDonald (15-1), who knocked out Torres in the first round.

What We'll Remember about This Fight

For what was McDonald's most credible opponent to-date, it was also one of his easiest victories. Utilizing his right uppercut early in the first round, McDonald eventually got to Torres' chin at 3:18 of the first round to get the knockout he was looking for. Some follow-up punches were landed on an unconscious Torres.

According to Compustrike, McDonald out-landed Torres 24-11 before the finish.

What We Learned about Michael McDonald

While the fight didn't last long enough to see how McDonald would fare against an opponent who is dangerous off his back, he did showcase his knockout power. It was his eighth knockout of his career.

"I wasn’t so much worried," McDonald said in his post-fight interview. "I was paying attention to his range. I was really just trying to get inside and use my power and my accuracy.

What We Learned about Miguel Torres

Torres' only knockout loss before this came against Brian Bowles, who he lost his WEC title to a couple of years ago. Torres got wild in exchanges in that fight and pressed forward before getting dropped and stopped in the first round as well.

In this one, he just got caught by a much more powerful puncher in McDonald.

This sets him back in the division and out of the title picture for awhile.

What's Next for McDonald

The UFC might put McDonald into a title position against the winner of Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.

If they don't do that, he will have to face a fighter like Brad Pickett to stay active against top competition.

What's Next for Torres

The loser of the upcoming Eddie Wineland and Scott Jorgensen bout.

Tonight's pay-per-view event will be headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, who will be taking on a former teammate in "Suga" Rashad Evans, who is a former champion and currently riding a four-fight win streak.

Both have been hyping the fight since last year when Jones replaced Evans against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and defeated him in the third round to win the title and become the youngest UFC champion.

Since his win over Rua, Jones has defeated Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson to seal off what was one of the more impressive years of a mixed martial artist.

Other bouts on the card include Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell, Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres, Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio.