On Saturday October 4, the UFC will hold UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine from the Halifax Metro Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada.

In the night’s main event fast rising welterweights look to draw closer to a title shot. Canada’s own Rory MacDonald will go head-to-head with Belgium’s Tarev Saffiedine. MacDonald finally gets his first headlining shot in the UFC. MacDonald has long been considered one of the best at welterweight, but has come up short in the big spots. This year MacDonald has looked phenomenal with victories over Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley. Saffiedine was the final Strikeforce welterweight champion and finally made his UFC debut back in January. In that debut “Sponge” battered Hyun Gyu Lim with leg kicks for twenty five minutes en route to a unanimous decision victory.

In the night’s co-feature we could be seeing a number one contender’s bout in the bantamweight division when Brazil’s Raphael Assuncao faces the USA’s Bryan Caraway. Assuncao should be very close to a title shot. He was the last man to defeat now bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw, and has won six straight in the octagon. Caraway has been doing his best lately to be known as more than Miesha Tate’s boyfriend. Since entering the UFC, Caraway holds four victories to only one defeat and all of those four wins have come via submission.

The rest of the main card is filled with Canada’s biggest rising stars. The six fight main card airs on Fox Sports 1 starting at 10 p.m. ET. Four preliminary bouts will also be televised on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The first two fights for the live crowd will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass starting at 7 pm ET.

Above is video of the official weigh-in for the event. (video is courtesy of the UFC)

Rory MacDonald def. Tarec Saffiedine by TKO (punches). Round 3, 1:28
Raphael Assuncao def. Bryan Caraway by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chad Laprise def. Yosdenis Cendeno by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Elias Theodorou def. Bruno Santos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Nordine Taleb def. Li Jingliang by split decisin (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Mitch Gagnon def. Roman Salazar by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 2:06
Daron Cruickshank def. Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Jake Lindsey by submission (inverted triangle). Round 2, 3:22
Paul Felder def. Jason Saggo by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Chris Kelades def. Patrick Holohan by unanimous decision. (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer by knockout (head kick and punches). Round 1, 1:03
Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders by submission (guillotine). Round 1, 0:39

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Trey Downey
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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.