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Jason MacDonald: “I’m going to make this a MMA fight”

Over the past week, Canadian-middleweight Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald has been covering the happenings at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on his blog at

In his most recent post, MacDonald discussed his upcoming bout with Demian Maia and how a lot of fans are focusing solely on Maia’s jiu-jitsu skills. MacDonald said, “Everyone’s talking about Maia’s jiu-jitsu, and there’s no doubt he’s a superb jiu-jitsu fighter. But I’m not going to turn this into a jiu-jitsu fight. I’m going to make this a mixed martial arts fight. That’s the bottom line. So, my prediction: I’ll TKO Maia in the second round.”

MacDonald is entering the fight as a +220 underdog but he feels he’ll flourish in the role. The last time the UFC considered MacDonald a stepping stone he submitted The Ultimate Fighter alumni Chris “The Crippler” Leben and Ed “Short Fuse” Herman.

MacDonald is currently 4-2 in the UFC but has failed to secure the necessary wins to consider him a legit contender. MacDonald’s two defeats came to former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Yushin Okami.

Another interesting note from MacDonald’s blog was that he used an IV to re-hydrate following Friday’s weigh-ins. “Afterward, when I got back to the hotel, I actually got an IV, which is I believe is one of the safest ways to re-hydrate,” said MacDonald, “I was probably already back up to 200 pounds by the evening.”

  • Rich S. says:

    If Maia’s gas tank resembles the one we saw in the last fight,

  • Justin B says:

    I put 50 down on McDonald with Bodog earlier this morning. I think he is going to win this fight. He no slouch on the ground himself.

  • DamonO says:

    Funny because I picked McDonald 2nd round TKO on UFC fantasy. He hasn’t secured a top contender position yet but this guy isn’t a joke. Sure rich pummeled him and Okami beat him by what? Yea, a decision. Seriously though, Rich has walked through everyone in that division except Silva. Silva just has his card. Now do I think he has any chance against Silva? No way in hell, but I think he has a better chance than Cote.

  • Justin B says:

    I take that back. There goes my 50 bucks. Maia looks good.


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