For awhile now, Rory MacDonald has been talked about as the future of the welterweight division, and tonight at UFC 133, he backed that hype up.
Going into his UFC 133 bout with Mike Pyle, MacDonald was 11-1 in his mixed martial arts career, his only loss coming to welterweight top contender Carlos Condit.
Pyle is a very experienced fighter and has faced some of the best in the world, so many believed that if Rory could defeat him, he would be ready for a big step up in competition.
Not only did MacDonald win the fight, he won it decisively.
In the early going of the fight, Rory had some trouble with the solid wrestling game of Mike, giving up an early takedown. However, MacDonald was able to get back to his feet, and from there, went on the offensive.
The young Canadian fighter eventually earned a takedown and was able utilize some impressive ground and pound to stop the fight.
The victory was huge for Rory and should guarantee him a big name for his next opponent.
During the fight, Joe Rogan talked about the fact that MacDonald is one of few young fighters that is a pure mixed martial artist.
Most fighters enter the sport of MMA being well versed in one specific martial arts discipline and then add more components once they begin in the sport.
Rory, however, started his fight training with the specific intent of being a mixed martial artist. He has no weak areas and trains everything equally, a truly well rounded fighter.
At only 22 years old, MacDonald has a long career ahead of him, and the success he has achieved thus far is remarkable.
Some have toted Rory is the next Georges St-Pierre. After the fight tonight, Rogan stated he thinks that might be selling MacDonald short.