Stephen Thompson used his arsenal of kicks to defeat Canadian Rory MacDonald by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa.
Even the cheers of the Canadian crowd weren’t enough to help MacDonald, who tried to pressure Thompson by staying in boxing range and nullify the length of Thompson. The Wonderboy simply adjusted, stuffed takedowns, and outstruck MacDonald from range.
Forced to take chances in the later rounds, MacDonald opened himself up further Wonderboy strikes and his face showed the results.
The judges scored it 50-45, 50-45, and 48-47.
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Thompson mentioned in the post-fight interview with Jon Anik he wanted a title shot with the winner of the Robbie Lawler-Tyron Woodley matchup.
Steve Bosse and Sean O’Connell earned Fight-of-the-Night, while Donald Cerrone and Krzysztof Jotko earned performances-of-the-night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Kenai Andrews checks in:
TSN 5 MAIN CARD
#5 VALERIE LETOURNEAU VS #12 JOANNE CALDERWOOD
WINNER: JOANNE CALDERWOOD VIA TKO R3 2:51
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOANNE CALDERWOOD VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Letourneau once again showed her toughness, but Calderwood was just too technical. She dropped Letourneau in the first round kept the striking pressure on. JoJo did get hit a bit too much, but give her credit for getting the finish. What was up with the ref in the final round? A rather bizarre sequence of events leading up to the finish.
OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VS THIBAULT GOUTI
WINNER: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA SUBMISSION R3 2:28
ANDREWS PREDICTION: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Gouti was game and had his moments in the fight, but OAM wore him down. In the third round, he used his ground game and bodylock to control Gouti, who whose inexperience on the ground, helped set him up for the rear-naked choke. Great win for Aubin-Mercier.
STEVE BOSSE VS SEAN O’CONNELL
WINNER: STEVE BOSSE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28 29-28, 29-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEVE BOSSE VIA TKO
Andrews: This was a slugfest in every sense of the word. Both guys got their licks in, but went the distance. It was a hockey fight and surefire fight-of-the-night.
DONALD CERRONE VS PATRICK COTE
WINNER: DONALD CERRONE VIA TKO R3 2:35
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DONALD CERRONE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: It was all Cerrone, right from the start. He used his patented Muay Thai kicks to soften up Cote and then went upstairs to put the always-tough Predator away. Excellent performance from The Cowboy.
#1 RORY MACDONALD VS #2 STEPHEN THOMPSON
WINNER: STEPHEN THOMPSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEPHEN THOMPSON VIA TKO
Andrews: MacDonald tried to pressure Thompson, but he wasn’t able to connect enough while in boxing range. Meanwhile, Thompson used his kicks and threatened his arsenal enough to pile up the points. A very technical fight and Thompson is proving to be a tough puzzle to solve.