The old cliché of to be a legend you must defeat a legend will never go away in the sport of MMA. Young fighters are always looking to make their way up the rankings and often times come across a tough veteran. These veterans often provide a good barometer of where a young fighter belongs along with a big name for the younger fighter to put on their record.

At UFC 145 on Saturday, Michael McDonald will attempt to dethrone a legend when he faces off against Miguel Torres. Although the two men are not near the top of many people’s bantamweight rankings the bout could very well decide the next title challenger after the winner of Renan Barao and Ivan Menjivar.

So one would expect a title eliminator bout to be a solid co-main event, right?

Well, in this case, the bout is slated to be the third main card fight. Ahead of the two potential title challengers are a heavyweight bout between Brendan Schaub and Ben Rothwell along with a welterweight clash between Rory MacDonald and Che Mills.

There should be a reshuffling of the bout orders as this fight means a lot more than either of those bouts.

MacDonald is a popular young fighter but Mills will be in just his second UFC bout. The Schaub-Rothwell has the potential for a good KO but means virtually nothing in the heavyweight title picture as all that will be decided at UFC 146.

McDonald has won two “of the night” bonuses including a Fight of the Night in his debut and most recently, Knockout of the Night for his thunderous finish of Alex Soto at UFC 139.

He’s a young fighter that has a bright future ahead of him who’s only lost once; a KO loss to Cole Escovedo that he later avenged in the same fashion.

Torres needs no introduction to WEC fans as he single handily built the bantamweight division during the promotion’s run. The Indiana-native put together a streak of wins that saw him go undefeated from November of 2003 until his loss to Brian Bowles at WEC 42 in August of 2009.

He’s beaten a who’s-who at 135 pounds and will no doubt go down as one of the best fighters in MMA history, let alone the bantamweight division. Possessing a long frame, Torres used his physical gifts to batter opponents with long punches and kicks while standing. On the ground, his limbs turned into deadly weapons of jiu-jitsu that 23 of his opponents have fallen victim to.

It’s clear that Torres isn’t the same dominant fighter he once was but he remains a popular fighter who’s exciting and holds a name that would give credibility to a co-main event.

McDonald’s attempt to become a star will be tough as he tries to overcome Torres’s immense skill set. If the young up-and-comer wants to be considered for a bantamweight title shot he will need to have an impressive showing like he did against Soto.

For Torres, it’s as simple as keep winning in his road back to a title shot. He remains one of the few people that champion Dominick Cruz hasn’t beaten at 135 pounds and would be both a recognizable name to sell in a title fight along with a fresh face at the top of the rankings.

Regardless of where this fight is happening and where it should be placed on a fight card, this bout is likely to be a great candidate to steal the show away from all the other fights not featuring Jon Jones and Rashad Evans at UFC 145.

Photo: Miguel Torres has given his fair share of blood for the sport (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.