What's in a name?

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

He's called 'The Athlete', but Edmonton mixed-martial artist Jason MacDonald is better known to fans across the industry as 'TUF Killer'.

The six-foot-three, 185-pound veteran fighter will put his 21-13 record up against Racine, Wisconsin's Solomon 'King' Hutcherson (11-5) in tomorrow night's co-main event.

Hutcherson, who is known for his time on The Ultimate Fighter, will be the sixth former reality television show competitor that MacDonald will face.

'DIDN'T REALIZE'

"That was a nickname that was given to me by someone in the media and I didn't even realize that they were all people that were part of the TUF television show," said MacDonald, who started his TUF Killer campaign with wins over Ed Herman and Chris Leben in 2006.

"It is what it is, we're here to fight. That's what we do, we're fighters. I'm hungry to get my career back where it needs to be."

His opponent is prepared to do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn't happen and has more to think about than nicknames.

"The TUF Killer nickname doesn't really bother me too much," Hutcherson said. "It probably was easy killing those other guys but it's hard to kill the King."

Originally from Red Deer and now training in Edmonton, MacDonald spent time in Las Vegas training to face Hutcherson.

'LEFT HOME'

"My training has been really good leading up to the fight," MacDonald said. "I left home to make sure I was completely focused on where I need to be mentally for this fight."

Especially since he's coming off a discouraging loss to Travis Lutter in October's MFC: 22 Payoff.

"Every fight's a big fight. You lose a couple fights and all of a sudden everybody thinks you're done and wants a crack at you," MacDonald said. "I don't think they realize what they get themselves into until they get into the ring."


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