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Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson UFC Fight Night 89 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/16

Thompson vs. MacDonald

UFC: Saturday, June 18, 2016 (TD Place Arena)

The Line Thompson -115 / MacDonald -105 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson fight Saturday night during UFC Fight Night 89 at the TD Place Arena.

Rory MacDonald enters this fight with a 18-3 record and has won 39 percent of his fights by knockout. MacDonald has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a July loss to Robbie Lawler. MacDonald is averaging 3.96 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.7 percent. MacDonald is averaging 2.06 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. MacDonald should be highly motivated for this fight after losing a shot at the Welterweight Championship, and he hasn’t lost back-to-back fights in his career. MacDonald is one of the more balanced fighters there is, as he’s comfortable standing up with an effective striking attack and knows how to finish fights on the canvas. This will be MacDonald’s 14th fight in Canada, his home country.

Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson UFC Fight Night 89 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/16

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Stephen Thompson enters this fight with a 12-1 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by knockout. Thompson has won his last six fights and is coming off a February win over Johny Hendricks. Thompson is averaging 4.79 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.5 percent. Thompson is averaging 1.11 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55.5 percent. Thompson has simply been on a roll lately and three of his last four fights have earned performance of the night. Thompson is a striker at heart with a solid reach of 72 inches and a deep kickboxing background that keeps his opponents on their heels. Thompson is dangerous if he can keep this fight standing up. This will be Thompson’s second career fight in Canada.

I’m leaning on MacDonald winning this fight. He’s the more balanced fighter, has done a great job throughout his career bouncing back from losses and has his home country of Canada backing him. Thompson relies a little too much on his striking which could be an issue against such a versatile fighter in MacDonald.

Give me the hometown kid to win this fight.

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