Torres (40-4) will be trying to reestablish his footing at 135lbs when he faces McDonald. Torres last defeated Nick Pace at UFC 139 by the way of unanimous decision, improving his record with the UFC to 2-1. His sole loss in the UFC comes from top flyweight contender, Demetrious Johnson. Torres also holds a win over Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126, utilizing his range to pepper Banuelos with punches en route to a unanimous decision.
McDonald (14-1) will be facing his toughest test to date in Torres. The fight will also determine if the young 21-year-old can hang with the top dogs at bantamweight. Thus far, McDonald has had an impressive run as he rides a seven fight win streak. McDonald notched a Knockout of the Night award in his last bout at UFC 139 when he KO'ed Alex Soto in just 56 seconds of the first round.
"I think Miguel Torres is definitely the most significant opponent I've ever faced on a business perspective. Now it's my chance to prove to myself that I can do what I think I can do on a huge Pay-Per-View event," McDonald said.
UFC 145 is set for April 21 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The card will be headlined by the long awaited grudge match between current UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, against former teammate and title holder, Rashad Evans.