February 9, 2013
Michael (Mayday) McDonald looks to make UFC history
By NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

Michael McDonald (pictured) is set to challenge Renan Pegado for the interim bantamweight championship in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London, England, on Feb. 16. (Getty Images/Files)

TORONTO - Michael (Mayday) McDonald is on the cusp of etching his name in the record books.

The 22-year-old standout is set to challenge Renan (Barao) Pegado for the interim bantamweight championship in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London, England, on Feb. 16. If he gets the job done, McDonald will go down as the youngest champion in UFC history.

The current record is held by Jon Jones, who captured the light-heavyweight title at age 23.

Though McDonald knows what’s at stake, he said he doesn’t feel any additional pressure, or motivation, to capture UFC gold.

“On a personal standpoint, I don’t care about it,” McDonald said over the phone. “It’s not something for me to think about or focus on. On a business standpoint, it will be good. Anything that’s going to be good for business is something that I look forward to. That is a great accolade to put on a resume.

“I think every fighter needs to have high hopes and believe in their potential.



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