Rory MacDonald Displays Knockout Power in Stopping Mike Pyle at UFC 133

Joshua CareySenior Analyst IAugust 6, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  Riki Fukuda of Japan drives Nick Ring of Canada into the ground during their middleweight boutat UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA – is live on location from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. for UFC 133.

Mike Pyle (21-8-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Rory MacDonald (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) kicked off the night's main card action in a welterweight clash.

Pyle entered the fight on an impressive three fight win streak having defeated Ricardo Almeida and John Hathaway in his past two bouts.

MacDonald made his way to UFC 133 fresh off an April destruction over the ultra tough Nate Diaz at UFC 129.

Pyle threw a low kick that MacDonald caught and sent him to the canvas. 

Pyle landed a takedown and worked from MacDonald's open guard. MacDonald returned to his feet, but Pyle put him against the cage and took him back down.

This time Pyle worked from MacDonald’s butterfly guard. MacDonald escaped and caught Pyle in a choke, but Pyle perfectly escaped.

MacDonald landed a devastating punch that crumbled Pyle and the talented young Canadian followed up with several hard strikes that ended the night for Pyle.

Result: Rory MacDonald defeats Mike Pyle via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:54

“I went in really confident," MacDonald said post-fight. "And, I have a lot more to show. I’m constantly improving and stepping up the ladder which is what I want to be doing. Everything went my way tonight, I wanted a clear shot and I knew from looking in his eyes that the fight was over.”

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