July 10, 2015 - 10:46 AM
KELOWNA – It’s a huge week ahead for Kelowna fans of the UFC.
Three local fighters, Rory MacDonald, Matt Dwyer and Sarah Moras, will step into the octagon to represent local fight club Toshido Mixed Martial Arts.
On Saturday, July 11, Rory MacDonald (18-2) squares off for the second time against legendary Pat Miletich-trained fighter Robbie Lawler (25-10) for the welterweight belt in UFC 189.
MacDonald, who now trains in Montreal, lost his first fight against Lawler in November 2013 by a split decision. He has finished 13 of his 18 fights, and has seven wins by knock out, six by submission and has seven first-round finishes. He has won eight of his last nine fights.
Next Wednesday, Kelowna-born welterweight, Matt Dwyer, makes his third UFC appearance. He’ll be fighting Alan 'Brahma' Jouban (11-3) in his first UFC main card appearance.
His last fight against William Patolino won him a $50,000 bonus for performance of the night with a devastating and rare superman punch.
“Another win would definitely get me noticed,” he says. “I got a lot of recognition for my last fight but he’s a more recognized fighter (than Patolino) so a win would definitely get people talking about me.”
A professional since 2011, the 6’4” fighter has won six of his last seven fights, including ones against UFC veteran Shonie Carter and DaMarques Johnson, both of which he won by technical knockout.
“I’ve never had a boring fight in my life, win or lose, it’s always entertaining,” he says. “At the end of the day I just want to have a great performance and make everybody happy.”
Also on the main card next Wednesday is Toshido’s Sarah 'Cheesecake' Moras (4-2), who moved to Kelowna five years ago from Chilliwack. She takes on Jessica 'Bate Estaca' Andrade (12-4) in the 135-lb division.
An Ultimate Fighter alumni, Cheesecake is one of the top female fighters in the world. This will be her second UFC appearance after beating Alexis Dufresne by unanimous decision.
“This is a massive week for Kelowna fighters,” Dwyer says. “We’re just a little town and there’s Vancouver four hours away and they don’t have any UFC fighters. We have four and it’s all because of our coach David Lea and everyone at Toshido.”
Ultimate Fight Night Mir versus Duffee will be broadcast free on Fox Sports 1 and TSN 2 Wednesday night.
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