UFC 129 Results: Rory MacDonald Dominates Nate Diaz; Primed for Primetime

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2011

After Rory MacDonald came out strong with a great first round against Nate Diaz, MacDonald continued to pour it on against Diaz in a gritty, but toughly contested second round.

But it was the third round that cemented the dominant decision as MacDonald continued to throw Diaz around the octagon not once, not twice but three times as MacDonald beat Diaz by unanimous decision, 30-26, 30-27, 30-26.

The win will skyrocket an already hyped MacDonald into a likely top-five fight. The loss won't hurt Diaz, as I felt the judges were a little hasty in giving Diaz the decision he received, and Diaz will rebound as always.

One interesting factoid of the fight comes from the striking aspect, where MacDonald landed 46 power punches compared to Diaz's mere 19. Even more impressive are MacDonald's statistics when it comes to ground strikes, landing 27 to Diaz's five.

The third is worth talking about, though, as MacDonald absolutely proved he was the stronger fighter, hoisting Diaz over his head handily multiple times, once landing Diaz directly on his head.

Diaz scrapped throughout, however, making a tough case for winning the second round, landing more total strikes and giving MacDonald all he could handle.

But in the end, it was MacDonald who prevailed, showing 55,000 in attendance and millions around the world he will be a name to remember in months to come, if not years.