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UFC 139 Results: Michael McDonald and 4 Future Stars

Brian DezelskeCorrespondent IIINovember 21, 2011

UFC 139 Results: Michael McDonald and 4 Future Stars

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    The UFC 139 Prelims on Spike saw Bantamweight up-and-comer, Michael McDonald, make quick work of his opponent, knocking out Alex Soto in 56 seconds—earning him KO of the Night honors and a $70,000 bonus.

    That fight was a prime example of why Dana White is so excited to have added these new divisions to the UFC.

    These guys may be small, but they’re quicker and faster than everyone else and those are ingredients for phenomenal fights.

    McDonald is just one fighter that’s quickly rising to “star” status. Here’s a short-list of names you will be hearing a lot of over the next year.

Michael McDonald

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    At the ripe old age of 20, Michael McDonald pushed his professional record to 14-1 with a 56-second knockout of Alex Soto at UFC 139, which garnered KO of the Night honors.

    With that win, he extends his UFC record to 3-0 and adds his knockout bonus to a Fight of the Night bonus he won in his UFC debut, back on March 26th of this year.

    His quick success is sure to get him a big-name opponent in his next fight. If he can come out a winner in that fight, he could very well be knocking on the door of Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz for a title shot.

Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone

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    Hardcore MMA fans have heard of Donald Cerrone for a few years now, but the regular UFC fan may not.

    Cerrone is 17-3 for his career and 4-0 since joining the UFC. He’s posted back-to-back Submission of the Night and KO of the Night honors, proving he has deadly all-around skills.

    His first fight in the UFC was given Fight of the Night honors, meaning he’s completed the fight-bonus trifecta in just four fights!

    He also holds five Fight of the Night honors in the WEC, so the kid knows how to put on a show.

    He is the complete package and deserves to be mentioned with the elite names of the Lightweight Division.

Jake Ellenberger

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    With a 26-5 record, Jake Ellenberger has been soaring up the welterweight ranks for some time now.

    He’s 5-1 in the UFC, with his only blemish being a split-decision loss in his debut against Carlos Condit—not your ordinary debut opponent.

    His last fight was a first-round KO win over Jake Shields, which gave him KO of the Night honors.

    He’s easily a top-five welterweight and is definitely in the mix for a future title shot.

Ryan Bader

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    Ryan Bader is the Ultimate Fighter Season Eight winner and had an undefeated record going until he ran into Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

    He was obviously out-classed in that fight and I think he let that loss get to him and it cost him his next fight against Tito Ortiz.

    Now with a 13-2 record and coming off a much-needed win over Jason Brilz (first-round KO) at UFC 139, he looks to be back on the uptick in the Light Heavyweight Division.

Mark Munoz

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    Since a tough split-decision loss to Yushin Okami back in August of 2010, Mark Munoz has rattled off four straight wins, including a huge win over Chris Leben at UFC 138.

    That win has pole vaulted him to No. 5 in the Middleweight Division according to Sherdog, and another win puts him in line to contend for the title currently held by Anderson Silva.

    Watch out for Mark Munoz. 2012 could be a big year for him.

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