Canadian Rory MacDonald becomes the latest young gun to join the UFC

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There's a new young gun in the UFC and he's Canadian - 20-year-old welterweight Rory (The Waterboy) MacDonald.
The mixed martial arts fighter from Kelowna, B.C., who becomes the youngest on the UFC's roster (Dan Lauzon and Stefan Struve are 21), has signed a four-bout deal. He is expected to make his debut Jan. 11 on a televised Ultimate Fight Night card against Michael (The Joker) Guymon in Fairfax, Va.
MacDonald (9-0) finished out his King of the Cage Canada contract with a second-round KO of former light-heavyweight Nick Hinchcliffe on Sept. 25 and the UFC wasted little time snapping him up. The organization rarely goes after such young fighters but believes this one has the skills to survive among more experienced sharks.
"He's a young kid but he's quite the talent," said David Lea, MacDonald's coach and manager at Kelowna's Toshido Mixed Martial Arts Academy.
MacDonald has four knockouts and five submissions to his credit and none of his opponents have made it past the second round.
"When he started with me, he didn't even know how to throw a punch," Lea said. "He's been built from the ground up, sort of the new evolution of MMA fighter. He's very well-rounded. He's very dangerous on his feet and equally dangerous on the ground."
Born in Quesnel, MacDonald was 14 when he started training with Lea. He had his first pro fight at 16, with his parents having to give their approval to do so. Even then, only a few athletic commissions would sanction the youngster.
"People kept saying at 16 there was no way he could compete but he was leaving 20-year-olds in tears," said Lea, who believes MacDonald is "the next Canadian MMA superstar."
He won the King of the Cage Canadian lightweight title at 18 - in his sixth fight - and defeated Clay French in his next outing a year later to win the King of the Cage world 155-pound title. French is a member of Matt Hughes H.I.T. Squad camp.
Thanks to a growth spurt, MacDonald then moved up to welterweight and has won both fights since as a 170-pounder.
"He really had an awful lot of quickness but he's gained a lot of strength and definitely at welterweight he's a monster," Lea said. "It'll be a good weight for him."
Having graduated from high school, MacDonald now trains full time. And he has already worked with the best, spending time in UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre's camp earlier this year.
His nickname The Waterboy refers to the Adam Sandler film. Like Sandler's character in the movie, MacDonald apparently does not react well to anyone who tries to take liberties with him.
Guymon (11-2-1) is also a UFC newcomer who holds the King of The Cage world welterweight title. MacDonald was offered a shot at that title but elected to turn it down because of his UFC aspirations.
"It's kind of interesting because it's a fight that could have happened in King of the Cage but both of them have now been elevated to put this fight on in the UFC," said Lea.
MacDonald was seven when Tito Ortiz, who is slated to fight at UFC 106 in November, made his UFC debut at UFC 13 in May 1997.
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TUF Words - His team down 5-0 to Rashad Evan's squad after Wednesday night's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter," Quinton (Rampage) Jackson has come out swinging in his blog.
Jackson says he doesn't like the editing of the reality show, complaining it makes him look bad as coach. And he doesn't like Evans.
"The show is called 'The Ultimate Fighter,' not the Ultimate Coach," Jackson wrote on his website www.rampage-jackson.com. "Rashad is so full of himself, even though he just got knocked the hell out by (Lyoto) Machida. It was the worst showing of his fight career. Now that he is a one-and-done champion he thinks that the show is about him.
"It was hard for me to do this show because I know how fake Rashad is and what kind of person he is. Most of the real fans can tell too, that's why he gets booed all the time. I liked everyone on my team and I chose my team for a number of reasons. If I could do it over I would choose all the same guys, except next time I WILL choose the cameraman. My team and I had great chemistry and we got along great. Rashad and his team didn't even like each other."
Jackson says Evans, who won Season 2 of the show, "knows how to play the camera and be fake."
Notes - The Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championship has signed former UFC middleweight Thales Leites. The Brazilian's first MFC opponent may Bryan Baker at MFC 23: Unstoppable on Dec. 4.

Organizations: The Waterboy, Cage Canada, Toshido Mixed Martial Arts Academy King of The Cage

Geographic location: Kelowna, Fairfax, Va., Quesnel

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