Round 1 – Crowd firmly behind MacDonald. He rushes out to take the center as Woodley backs up to the cage. Woodley opens with a few right hands that MacDonald shakes off. They clinch, and Woodley drives a knee to the body. He pushes MacDonald to the cage. Foot stomps from Woodley. not much there, and they reset. Strikes traded on the restart, and Woodley drives to drive through for a takedown. MacDonald defends, and we stay on the feet. MacDonald just misses on a front kick to the face. MacDonald using his range well, staying just out of Woodley’s reach. Woodley gets inside, wrapping the body, but MacDonald stays upright agains the fence. They brea and scramble, and Woodley finally scores the takedown, but MacDonald pops right back to his feet. Woodley catches a kick but can’t get his opponent down. Woodley looks frustrated. He’s backing up to the cage and struggling to score. MacDonald patiently picking him apart from kickboxing range. MMAjunkie gives MacDonald the first, 10-9.
Round 2 – MacDonald strikes a low pose and comes out jabbing. Woodley Changing levels but can’t get inside. MacDonald thinks takedown, but Woodley pushes him away. MacDonald bringing the fight to Woodley, who chops at the legs. MacDonald controlling the center and firing kicks to the body. He tosses one up top, as well. MacDonald kicks the body. Woodley looks tentative, and MacDonald is keeping the pace high. Halfway mark of the fight. It’s just clinical work from MacDonald. Woodley looks like he’s settled on just looking for one big shot. He does score with a nice kick to the legs, followed by a straight. But MacDonald is in clear control, stringing together punches and kicks. MacDonald scores with a nice right hand. Woodley just pinned to the cage. Round ends there, and it’s all MacDonald, 10-9.
Round 3 – Woodley is going to need something special, and he comes out fighting like he knows it. Big punches thrown, though MacDonald does a fine job of evading it. And just like that, MacDonald works him back to the fence, where Woodley has spent almost the entire fight. Turning kick to the body. Woodley says it’s the groin but we fight on. Now it’s MacDonald who looks for the takedown, and he gets it. Woodley on his back with three minutes left. Woodley tying things up underneath. MacDonald happy to keep the position. He’s trying to work free, but Woodley slowing things down with wrist control. MacDonald finally breaks free and postures up. Woodley tries to blast him with upkicks, but MacDonald evades them and pushes back down on top. MacDonald continues to posture up and strike. He’s in complete control. He moves past the guard and traps the right arm before throwing left hands over and over and over. Crowd on their feet as Woodley just holds his opponent in place. Fantastic performance from MacDonald, and MMAjunkie gives him the round, 10-9, as well as the fight 30-27.