Pictured: Michael McDonald
Miguel Torres made his return to the cage for the first time since his release and re-hire tonight (Sat., April 21, 2012) on the main card of the UFC 145: "Jones vs. Evans" pay-per-view in Atlanta, Georgia.
His opponent was rising contender Michael McDonald, who came into the night riding a seven fight win streak including two bonus winning performances in his first three Octagon bouts. But he's just 21-years-old, a decade younger than his opponent.
It turns out youth really is better than experience, or at least it was here.
That's because McDonald's speed was clearly an issue for Torres. So were his fists, as the former WEC bantamweight king seemed to cower away from every shot he took on the chin. There were plenty of them, too, and McDonald had him knocked out clean before the first round ended.
Moving on up.
A criticism levied at Torres since he moved over to the UFC has been his lack of aggressiveness and killer instinct. And he looked a tad tentative in the early going of this one, too. Or maybe it was more about McDonald coming strong with his offense.
No matter what it was, it worked in "Mayday's" favor, as he landed a few strong combinations that had Torres backing up and looking terribly uncomfortable. And then the money shots.
A few hard shots had Miguel in trouble and an uppercut ended his night, as McDonald moves up the 135-pound ladder with the biggest win of his career.
Any idea who he should fight next, Maniacs?
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