UFC 145 Results: What's Next for Rory MacDonald

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IApril 22, 2012

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory MacDonald (top) fights Chad Mills in a welterweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. MacDonald won the bout by technical knockout. Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory MacDonald (top) fights Chad Mills in a welterweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. MacDonald won the bout by technical knockout. Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Rory MacDonald continues to rise through the ranks of the UFC's welterweight division, achieving a dominant TKO victory over Che Mills in the UFC 145 co-main event of the evening.

MacDonald had a bit of a tough start, eating a few shots and getting rocked on the feet, but once MacDonald went to his wrestling, it was smooth sailing from there in Atlanta, GA.

The 22-year-old Canadian fighter was able to pass to side control once the fight hit the ground and eventually secured a crucifix position, all the while landing heavy ground-and-pound. Showing heart, Mills managed to survive until the end of the round.

The second round was very similar to the first, except MacDonald was able to finish. He took the fight to the ground again, passed to mount, got Mills back and pounded out the victory.

With the win, MacDonald is now 13-1 as a mixed martial artist, with his only loss being a controversial stoppage against current interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit who's being touted by many as the next Georges St-Pierre.

So, coming off another dominant victory, what's next for Rory MacDonald?

Well, I think after tonight, the UFC brass will realize that it's time to stop babying MacDonald and throw him into the Octagon with a legitimate contender.

The loser of Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Ellenberger would make an excellent test for MacDonald—either that or the loser of Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck.

MacDonald has coasted through his past two UFC fights. It's time to give this kid a big step up in competition.

Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and stand-up comedian. Check him out on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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