On the horn:
EDITOR IN CHIEF
"I don't want to be able to just go in (the cage) and be as good as they are," Mcdonald told J. Waugh (SR). "I want to make a statement. I want to be able to finish people in the first round."
(CONTINUED) . . . INTERVIEW INCLUDED
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UFC bantamweight fighter Michael Mcdonald has been on quite a streak as of late inside the octagon. His 15-1 record had many speculating a potential replacement title fight nod from the UFC after champion Dominick Cruz was forced from his title defense due to injury in May of 2012. Eventually it would be Brazilian Renan Barao who got the contract, eventually beating Urijah Faber for the interim title. Mcdonald says he isn't much for speculation, but more about molding and adapting his martial arts skills. He spoke about many potential possibilities on the UFC calendar, but made it clear that nothing is certain in the fight business.
"I don't even know if this will happen. I could break my leg tomorrow," Mcdonald told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "I just glance at the competition and say, 'How can I make myself a better martial artist.'"
He is riding an eight fight winning streak with his last UFC appearance coming at UFC 145: Jones vs Evans. Mcdonald finished the former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres in the first round by knockout. This is one of the first moves in an effort to make a run at the top of the division for Mcdonald.
"As soon as they said 'You want to fight Miguel?', I said 'I'm ready,'" Mcdonald told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "Now is the time to do it, now is the time to make the run."
Currently there are no scheduled bouts for Mcdonald, a California product from Modesto. There is one thing in my opinion that will keep a fighter in the UFC stable and earning bigger fights, that is finishing opponents early. This is something that Mcdonald is well aware of, and he explains that there have been constant efforts to evolve into an even more potent version of 'Mayday'.
"I'm very calculated in who I fight and when I fight," Mcdonald told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "I don't want to be able to just go in (the cage) and be as good as they are. I want to make a statement. I want to be able to finish people in the first round."
Below is Mcdonald's full interview on the Verbal Scrap Podcast.
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