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UFC 115: MacDonald seven seconds shy of a win

Rory MacDonald can't legally drink in America just yet. Good thing the 20-year-old is from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, then, eh?

UFC 115 was in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the first time in the promotion's history, and MacDonald should go out and celebrate. He lost, sure, but he showed he can fight.

At 20 years old, MacDonald showed impressive skills for a fighter at any age. He outworked Carlos Condit, the former WEC welterweight champion, for the first two rounds.

The third round, however, was all Condit. He got MacDonald (10-1) down and worked ground and pound for the better part of the round before the referee stopped the bout with seven seconds left.

Seven seconds! Ouch!

"I didn't know how many seconds were left, I was just working," Condit said.

The timing of the stoppage didn't sit well with the hometown crowd inside General Motors Place, but it was the right call. MacDonald was hurt and hurt badly as Condit rained down elbows for several minutes.

Even MacDonald agreed.

"It was a just stoppage," he said. "He was kicking my [butt]."

Both MacDonald and Condit (25-5) exchanged front leg kicks at the end of the second round, with Condit getting the worse of it visually. Condit's kick landed more flush on MacDonald, but his oncoming inertia worked against him as MacDonald's kick his Condit's shoulder. Condit then fell to the ground.


Live UFC 115 video: Post-fight press conference at 1:20 a.m.

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