UFC 145 boasts one of the strongest preliminary cards in recent memory. With matchups like Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs, Stephen Thompson vs. Matt Brown, and Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero, FX and Facebook will have plenty of excited viewers tuning in. The preliminary card was so strong, in fact, that the UFC has decided to promote one of the scheduled preliminary fights to the main card, with the bantamweight matchup between Miguel Torres and Michael McDonald now set to take place on the main card of the pay-per-view event. With that addition, the pay-per-view main card is now set to broadcast six fights instead of the usual five.
Torres (40-4) returns to the UFC after a brief period away from the organization after a controversial tweet he sent out. Following that twitter post, the UFC released the former WEC champion from the organization, only to bring him back just three weeks later. Torres won his most recent UFC bout, defeating Nick Pace via unanimous decision at UFC 139 in November. Now at 2-1 in the UFC, Torres hopes to continue working towards fighting for the title again, this time in the UFC.
He will face the 21-year old McDonald (14-1), who will look to continue his undefeated run in the UFC. McDonald defeated Alex Soto via first round KO at UFC 139, pushing his record to 3-0 in the UFC, and seven consecutive wins overall. This will be McDonald’s first fight to air on the main card of an event, after having fought on the preliminary card in his 3 UFC fights and his sole WEC fight at WEC 52.
UFC 145 takes place from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21st. The event will be headlined by a UFC light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.
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