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Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson will face off TONIGHT (June 18, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 89 inside TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada. In a match up of top contenders, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight contenders Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson will clash TONIGHT (June 18, 2016) at TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada.

Rory MacDonald came within inches of capturing the Welterweight crown but ultimately end up on the wrong side of a fifth round knockout loss. Now, “The Red King” looks to get back into the win column and begin his title hunt anew.

On the other hand, most wrote Thompson off after a loss in his second UFC fight. However, he’s been running through tough opponents since then and proven himself a top fighter.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both athletes:

Rory MacDonald
Record: 18-3
Key Wins: Tyron Woodley (UFC 174), Tarec Saffiedine (UFC Fight Night 54) Demian Maia (UFC 170)
Key Losses: Robbie Lawler (UFC 189, UFC 167), Carlos Condit (UFC 115)
Keys to Victory: MacDonald has evolved from one of the finest prospects in the world to an elite title contender right before our eyes. Currently, he’s one of the most refined and technical fighters in the world, skilled in all areas.

In this bout, MacDonald needs to put the pressure on his opponent. Thompson thrives at battering his foe from the outside and countering his attempts to close distance, but MacDonald still needs to accomplish that goal.

Luckily, MacDonald is one of the best at keeping his opponent on the end of his strikes and trapping him along the fence. In fights with Jake Ellenberger and Tyron Woodley, MacDonald masterfully picked his opponent apart with smart, pressure-based game plan.

Thompson is a different animal, but ….View full article

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