A bantamweight contest between Michael McDonald (13-1) and Johnny Eduardo (25-9) has been targeted for the undercard of UFC 139. UFC officials announced the bout on Wednesday night.
At age 20, with three wins already under the Zuffa banner, McDonald is quickly emerging as one of the UFC's brightest rising prospects. Nicknamed "Mayday," the California native is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jistu and has finished all but two of his professional victories, including a second-round knockout of former WEC champion Cole Escovedo. He last fought in May at UFC 130, where he edged out a narrow split decision win over Chris Cariaso for his second straight win inside the Octagon.
Meanwhile, Eduardo returns after a loss to Raphael Assuncao at UFC 134 that snapped an eleven-fight win streak stretching back to 2008. The 33-year-old Brazilian trains at Nova Uniao alongside UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo, and has finished nineteen of his twenty-five professional victories.
UFC 139 is scheduled for November 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Highlighting the card is a light heavyweight title eliminator between Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and a middleweight contest between Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le.