"Che was a great opponent," MacDonald said. "He didn't get much respect in the media because of his lack of fights in UFC. I took this fight very seriously."
Mark Bocek improved to 11-4 with a unanimous decision over John Alessio (34-15) in an action-less lightweight match that started the pay-per-view fights.
"When John took that fight on such short notice you use what you know; there's not a lot of time to do research on your opponent and then retrain for it for either guy," Bocek said. "Strategy is always a part of it but deploying the tools I knew from experience work is what got me the win."
Eddie Yagin improved to 16-5-1 with a split decision over Mark Hominick (20-11) in a featherweight fight.
A right-hook, left-jab combination by Yagin knocked Hominick to the mat in the first round. The combination also cut the areas around Hominick's eyes. By the start of the second round, the area around his eyes was swollen.
Yagin put Hominick down again with a strong right hand in the second round. Yagin used either hand effectively throughout the first seven minutes of the fight to keep the aggressive Hominick back. Midway through the second round, the around Hominick's left eye was the size of a walnut.
But Hominick kept attacking through Yagin's jabs. He eventually returned the damage later in the round, bloodying Yagin's nose and mouth to the point that the lower half of Yagin's face was bright red, with drops of blood falling steadily to the mat.
Hominick landed several more punches in the third round that bloodied Yagin again, but it wasn't enough.
Michael McDonald improved to 15-1 by knocking out Miguel Angel Torres (39-5) in the first round of a bantamweight fight.
Torres' mouthpiece had gotten knocked out a few seconds earlier. The referee stopped the fight and allowed him to put it back in. However, it came out again a few seconds before McDonald caught him with a right uppercut followed by a left hook. Torres appeared out before he hit the canvas.
"This was the biggest jump up in competition in my career and easily the biggest win," McDonald said. "He caught me a couple times but my power and aggression won out. When he went out I was like 'go go go go' and I finished it. I don't know about my next fight but I'm ready for this level."
In the quickest fight, Ben Rothwell knocked out Brendan Schaub 1:10 into the first round of the heavyweight battle.
Schaub (9-3) appeared to have the advantage with a kick that staggered Rothwell. As Schaub moved in and landed more punches, Rothwell (32-8) caught him with a left hook, putting him down arms raised in a useless defense.
"He got a couple of quick shots through," Rothwell said. "I knew I would get mine. He started to come, in the beginning he was in and out but then he just stood there but I got him to commit and he came in with a couple of punches --and that was it. I started letting mine go at the same time and I was going to keep throwing. They always say it's when you don't expect to knock someone out when you do."
In the earlier matches, Marcus Brimage improved to 5-1 with a split decision over Maximo Blanco (8-4-1) in a flyweight fight. The only entertainment was the gymnastics competition between the two after the fight, each trying to one-up the other with flips and jumps.
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