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Rory MacDonald draws Brian Ebersole at UFC 140

It’s been a day filled with big fight announcements and things aren’t slowing down just yet. For a month now fans have been wondering who Rory MacDonald would face next and today they got their answer as UFC announced that the 22-year-old welterweight will face Brian Ebersole at UFC 140 in December. The fight, which takes place in MacDonald’s home country of Canada, will be part of the main card.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the fight on

A highly-touted welterweight who trains with current 170 lb champion Georges St. Pierre, MacDonald turned in a very impressive performance in his last bout, making quick work of veteran Mike Pyle. Prior to that fight, the young Canadian threw around Nate Diaz all over the octagon at UFC 129 en route to a dominating decision victory. The only loss in MacDonald’s career came against top contender Carlos Condit at UFC 115, in a bout that MacDonald was winning before Condit turned up the heat in the third round and stoppage “Ares” with just seven seconds remaining in the contest.

A veteran of over 60 MMA fights, Ebersole finally made his UFC debut this past February, defeating the always competitive Chris Lytle by decision. The bout earned Ebersole “Fight of the Night” honors and snapped Lytle’s four fight win streak. Ebersole followed that up with a brutal TKO victory over Dennis Hallman at UFC 133 and picked up another bonus for, “getting Hallman’s shorts off TV as quick as possible.” Despite competing in 64 career bouts, “TWAS” has never lost a fight by (T)KO.

UFC 140 is scheduled for December 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Also on the card is a lightweight fight between prospects John Cholish and Mitch Clarke.


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