Jul 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Rory MacDonald (red tape) lands a punch to the mid-section of Jake Ellenberger (blue tape) during their welterweight bout at Key Arena. McDonald won by a decision. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 170 Countdown: Demian Maia vs Rory MacDonald

The UFC 170 countdown show aired last night, but if you missed it, we have got you covered. The first segment of the show takes a look at the third to last bout on the UFC 170 card: Demian Maia vs Rory MacDonald.

This Welterweight clash has flown under the radar with all of the hoopla surrounding the last minute replacement for Rashad Evans and of course the main event between Rousey and McMann. Regardless, this is a stellar fight, and not one to be missed.

Rory MacDonald is coming off a very poor 2013 and is looking to get back on the winning track. . After winning four fights in a row in impressive fashion, many believed MacDonald could be the next Georges St-Pierre. His next bout was against Welterweight powerhouse, Jake Ellenberger. Many expected a firefight and a ‘fight of the night’. Instead, fans were treated to one of the worst bouts in recent memory, and a lot of luster that MacDonald had built up crumbled even with his unanimous decision victory. In his next bout, MacDonald faced off against Robbie Lawler, and lost a split decision in very close fight. With his five fight winning streak snapped, MacDonald has a renewed fire and is looking to impress on Saturday night.

Demian Maia is also coming off a split decision loss in his last bout. At UFC Fight Night 29, Maia lost to Jake Shields in controversial fashion. The loss snapped his three fight winning streak, and pushed him to the back of the line for a title shot. Maia is one of the most dangerous grapplers in the sport, and will likely look to get MacDonald on the mat on Saturday night. This bout has all the makings of ‘fight of the night’ as both competitors are hungry and looking to make a statement.

Tags: Countdown Demian Maia Jake Shields Robbie Lawler Rory MacDonald UFC 170

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