UFC on Fox 5: Is Rory MacDonald as Good as His Hype?

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIDecember 8, 2012

Dec 8, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA;  Rory MacDonald (black shorts) fights B.J. Penn (white shorts) during their third round welterweight bout at MMA on FOX 5 at Key Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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Rory MacDonald backed up all the hype surrounding him Saturday night with his dominant victory over B.J. Penn.

After weeks of trash-talking between himself and Penn, MacDonald finally put it all to rest with the win Saturday night.

MacDonald has a ton of hype around him, and for very good reason. His striking is pinpoint and dangerous. He has vicious ground-and-pound. His grappling and control are dominant.

And the scary part? He's only 23 years old and keeps improving.

He improves in leaps and bounds, which is what makes him such a dangerous fighter. You're never sure which MacDonald you'll see step into the Octagon.

It could be the MacDonald who dominated Carlos Condit for almost the entire fight with his stand-up. Or the one that destroyed Mike Pyle and Che Mills with devastatingly fast and accurate ground-and-pound and elbows?

With this win over Penn, MacDonald proved that the hype surrounding him is legitimate. He now has a big name on his resume, and should be viewed as a dangerous contender in the welterweight division.

If his next fight is against Condit, then we will truly see how good MacDonald is. He's young, mean and hungry to take the next step in his UFC career.

He keeps getting better, and with the Penn fight now under his belt, MacDonald can move on and make a claim that he is an elite UFC welterweight.

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