22-year old sensation Rory MacDonald will look to inch even closer to the spotlight this coming March in front of his countrymen when he takes on 14-4 Brit Che Mills at UFC 145, an event scheduled to go down at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Both welterweights are coming off TKO wins in their previous performances and are considered to be two of the division’s up-and-coming stars.

News of the bout was first reported by MMAFighting.

MacDonald was last seen stopping Mike Pyle with strikes at UFC 133 and was slated to battle Brian Ebersole this past weekend at UFC 140 before withdrawing due to an undisclosed injury. “Ares” holds an overall record of 12-1 with eleven finishes and his only loss came to Carlos Condit in the closing seconds of a bout he likely would have won had it gone to the scorecards.

Comparably, Mills made his Octagon debut at UFC 138 where he knocked TUF 13’s Chris Cope out cold in less than a minute. He has also found past success against Jake Hecht and Marius Zaromskis (X2).

UFC 145 is expected to take place on March 24. Mills vs. MacDonald is the first fight attached to the card.


MMATraining Take: I’m not a fan of the matchmaking in this bout. A win over Mills will do very little for MacDonald’s profile while Mills is still trying to establish himself in the UFC and has been thrown to the wolves in only his second scrap there. I would have much rather seen Mills/MacDonald in the card but in different bouts with Mills taking on a lesser-known foe and MacDonald mixing it up with the winner of the UFC 141 fight between Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks.