UFC on FUEL 7: Will McDonald break Jon Jones’ record? (VIDEO)

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 12.02.2013 12:48h Author:

UFC on Fuel 7

Another big UFC event awaits us this Saturday in London. A European visit from the world's strongest MMA promotion means a more convenient UFC schedule, both for you to watch and for us to report. UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald starts at 9pm on Saturday, February 16, broadcast live on Fight Channel.

The main event which has Renan Barao (29-1, 1NC) defending his interim title against Michael McDonald (15-1) promises the best bantamweight fight in many years. Just defending is something both fighters don't have in their vocabulary, and while we're waiting for the king of this division, Dominick Cruz, to return, this is the best possible matchup.

Barao has an impressive streak of 30 fights without defeat. His only defeat came in his debut in 2005 at the hands of Joao Paulo. His UFC score is 4-0 with victories over top fighters, such as Brad Pickett, Scott Jorgensen and Uriah Faber.

Michael McDonald is one of those fighters who are predicted a brilliant future. The young American has so far impressed with his striking power and flowing combinations, and he knocked out former WEC champion Miguel Torres in his last fight. If he wins, McDonald will break the record, currently held by Jon Jones, as the youngest UFC champion ever. When Jones won his title, he was 23 years, 8 months and 1 day old, and should McDonald manage to do the same, he would do it at the age of 23 years, one month and one day.

The English crowd is known to like a good brawl, so the rest of the evening is on the same note.

The co-main event features two of the best fighters in the featherweight division, Dusting Poirier and Cub Swanson. Poirier jumped in as a substitute for injury-stricken Denis Siver and will attempt to end his opponent's three-win streak. Swanson was merciless in 2012 – he defeated all his three opponents (George Roop, Ross Pearson and Charles Oliviera) by knockouts (punches). On the other hand, Poirier came back after losing the fight of the year to Korean Zombie with a win against Jonathan Brookins.

Following a successful UFC debut against Kyle Kingsbury, one of the more interesting new faces in the American promotion, Jimi Manuwa (12-0), will combat French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate (19-8-1) in front of his home crowd. After losing to Perosh, the French has two wins in a row, and it was again Perosh who was defeated by former MFC champion Ryan Jimmo (17-1) in his UFC debut. His second fight will be against Jamest Te Huna (15-5). The New Zealander is on a roll with three consecutive wins (UFC score 4-1), and he only lost to Alexander Gustafsson.

All this should be more than enough for you to spend your Saturday evening with Fight Channel and enjoy another specialty from the UFC's kitchen. Live broadcast from London starts at 9pm sharp (CET).

UFC on FUELTV: Barao vs. McDonald


Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald
Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson
Jimi Manuwa vs. Cyrille Diabate
Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago
James Te-Huna vs. Ryan Jimmo
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle

Preliminary card:


Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Paul Sass vs. Danny Castillo
Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Tom Watson
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Ulysses Gomez vs. Phil Harris