MMA Notes: B.C.'s MacDonald to face Diaz at UFC 129

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

The pride of Kelowna, B.C., has another tough opponent ahead of him when he fights in Toronto in April. Rory MacDonald will face the abrasive Nate Diaz at UFC 129 April 30 at the Rogers Centre.

Couture-Machida a go

According to several reports, Randy The Natural Couture vs. Lyoto Machida fight has been okayed for UFC 129.

UFC sets sights on N.Y.

Much as it did in Ontario to get the regulatory go-ahead to sanction MMA, the UFC now has its sights set on New York. President Dana White held a press conference in the Big Apple where he announced that once the UFC gets approval, it will host two events in the first year, including at least one at Madison Square Garden.

Bad Ass bounces back

It didnt take long for Phil The New York Bad Ass Baroni to find a new job after being let go by the UFC. Baroni has signed a multi-fight deal with Kansas-based Titan Fighting Championship.

UFC 126 card set

The full card for UFC 126 on Feb. 5 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas has been finalized:

Champ Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort for the middleweight title

Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin

Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones

Antonio Banuelos vs. Miguel Torres

Paul Kelly vs. Donald Cerrone

Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa

Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor

Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi Kid Yamamoto

Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero

Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson


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