The co-main event of the UFC on Fox 8: "Johnson vs. Moraga" network television show from the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, featured Canadian wunderkind Rory MacDonald putting his top welterweight ranking on the line against fellow 170-pound beast Jake Ellenberger. The two came into this evening with visions of a title shot dancing in their heads but an impressive performance was likely needed.
Round one saw both men race to the center of the cage, attempting to establish that ever elusive "Octagon control" you hear so much about but never really understand. "Ares" reach advantage gave him an early edge, allowing him to establish range and stay away from Ellenberger's power right hand.
And his power left, for that matter.
Meanwhile, MacDonald's offense consisted of a light jab and a lot of feints. He boxed dirty when they clinched up, but that was a brief exchange and very little damage was dealt.
Or at least that's how it appeared.
Really, the first round was a stalemate.