June 13, 2010
MacDonald accepts his fate
By MATT KIELTYKA, QMI Agency
Hometown kid Rory MacDonald was potentially seven seconds from the biggest win of his UFC career until the referee got involved.
Fans at the sold-out GM Place chanted “bulls--t” and booed as Carlos Condit was declared the winner by TKO, after thoroughly dominating the 20-year-old Kelowna native on the ground with punishing elbows and strikes in the third round.
The referee had seen enough and stepped between the two fighters in the final moments of the fight.
The decision enraged the audience, but MacDonald accepted his fate.
“It was a just decision, he was kicking my ass,” MacDonald said.
Many in the crowd, however, thought that MacDonald could have lasted seven more seconds and wanted to see the outcome go to the judges.
On the official scorecard, two judges had MacDonald winning the fight 20-18 heading into the third round.
The third judge, Doc Hamilton, had it a 19-19 draw.
UFC president Dana White said he had no problem with the stoppage.
“The referee isn’t looking at the time, they’re there to protect the fighters,” White said. “He took a lot of damage in that last round. It’s unfortunate when the fight is stopped with seconds left, but you won’t hear me bitching about that.”
The first two rounds were electric.
With the brunt of the arena behind him and chanting “Rory, Rory!”, the young fighter hustled Condit around the octagon.
The two were both active, but MacDonald landed some fierce punches in both rounds and was able to shoot in for takedowns at will.
Each time the fighters were sent to their corners, it was MacDonald who raised his hands and played up for the crowd.
And then the bottom fell out.
The two were again exchanging blows in the third when Condit was able to get the fight to the ground.
Condit, a former WEC champion, used his lanky arms to land a series of vicious elbows from top position.
The assault continued and the referee jumped in with only seven seconds left.
MacDonald looked worse for wear – his face bloodied and swelling heavily – but he didn’t go home empty-handed.
White awarded both fighters a cool $85,000 bonus for fight of the night.
“He’s 20-years-old. That kid had a lot on him tonight and he looked incredible,” White said. “Live to fight another day … I expect very big things from him.”