I think I'm one of the very few that believe McDonald won't be able to cope with the superior grappling and wrestling of Pyle ... wouldn't mind being proven wrong, however I don't see it happening. 50k on Pyle.
Pyle is a seasoned vet with a lot of time put into all disciplines and that makes it hard for young guys to deal with him. It helps Rory that he has trained everything from the start but he hasn't put nearly the same kind of reps in and I don't see him dealing well with how Pyle chains different takedown techniques together.
Round 1 - The fighters trade jabs and circle. MacDonald catches a kick and then pops Pyle with a punch that knocks him to the mat. MacDonald throws some leg kicks before Pyle gets back up. Pyle scores the takedown and works from full guard. MacDonald looks for the escape and gets to his feet. Pyle takes his back, but MacDonald spins. Pyle presses him to the cage and then wrestles him to the mat. MacDonald works butterfly guard and then gets to his feet and pops Pyle with a quick combo. He then tags him with a power shot, fends off the takedown, and locks in a choke that nearly rips Pyle's head off before he spins free. MacDonald stands over his down opponent and then dives into guard. MacDonald stands over Pyle, which draws some boos. He fires off legs kick and won't let Pyle up. He moves in with punches and returns to guard. Pyle ties him up from his back, but MacDonald postures up. Pyle avoids any punches initially, but MacDonald soonds rains down heavy blows as Pyle is on his knees. The shots begin to mount, and the ref is forced to halt the fight. Rory MacDonald def. Mike Pyle via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:54