Hours before top welterweight contender Jake Shields has a crack at dethroning 170-pound king Georges St. Pierre at UFC 129 one of his Scrap Pack teammates will have an opportunity to bring a win home to California, as the UFC has announced Nate Diaz’s bout against Canadian Rory MacDonald will serve as one of two preliminary card fights being shown live on Spike TV. Both coming off losses and should be looking to impress given the stakes and 55,000 fans expected to be in attendance.
Joining them come April 30 on the 8:00 PM EST broadcast will be Jake Ellenberger and Sean Pierson who are also set for a showdown in Toronto.
Diaz was last seen in January being outpointed by Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 125 after having won back-to-back bouts entering the event. He is 8-4 in the Octagon with impressive wins over Marcus Davis, Kurt Pellegrino, and Melvin Guillard.
Comparably, MacDonald is only 1-1 since joining the UFC and most recently drew the unfavorable task of facing Carlos Condit a little less than a year ago at UFC 115. The resulting loss was the first in eleven professional appearances after going 10-0 with finishes in every bout.
Not originally scheduled to face off at UFC 129, their prelim peers Pierson and Ellenberger are both currently riding positive streaks and six and three respectively. The 23-5 Ellenberger, who was a late replacement for Brian Foster, notched TKO wins over John Howard and Mike Pyle in 2010 while Toronto native Pierson (11-4) debuted in successful fashion at UFC 124 in December with a Unanimous Decision over Matt Riddle.
No word has surfaced on whether or the UFC’s Facebook page will host any fights though, were they to do so, possibilities include Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts, Charlie Valencia vs. Ivan Menjivar, and Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen.