UFC 139 Results: Michael McDonald Continues Rise with Huge Knockout Win

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 20, 2011

The bantamweight class has been dominated over the last few years by Dominick Cruz.

Many have stepped up in the weight class to face Cruz, and so far nobody has succeeded.

Saturday night, on UFC 139, Michael McDonald continued his rise up in the bantamweight rankings with a huge knockout victory over Alex Soto.

Soto (6-1-1) made his UFC debut tonight against McDonald, and he lasted 56 seconds before the fight was ended by way of knockout in the first round.

The win brings McDonald's all-time record to 14-1.

It was only McDonald's second fight in the UFC, but he is already being talked about as one of the top 10 fighters in the bantamweight class.

He will still need to step up and take on top-tier fighters in the class before he gets a shot at the title from Cruz.

It may not take much, though, since Cruz has already taken out much of the competition beneath him.

A win against a fighter like Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez may be all that is needed to get a title shot in a weak weight class.

McDonald has only been fighting since 2007 and is only 20 years old. He has plenty of time to improve before getting his shot.

He doesn't seem ready to take on the best in the weight class yet, but if he keeps improving at this rate it will be a matter of time before McDonald gets a shot at the belt.