Jason MacDonald

MacDonald and Lutter to Battle at MFC 22: Payoff

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The Maximum Fighting Championship has announced that UFC veterans Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald and Travis Lutter will do battle at MFC 22: Payoff on Friday, October 2 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta.

“This is a mega-fight – the best matchup and exactly the fight we wanted for our fans,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “Both MacDonald and Lutter are tremendous competitors with great skills, and I think there is a grudge building up between them.

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UFC Quick Hits: Seven Bouts Added to UFC 101, MacDonald Cut & More

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Here are your UFC quick hits for the evening of May 4, 2009.

— The UFC today announced a total of seven bouts that have been added to the card for UFC 101, which will take place on August 8 in Philadelphia. In no particular order: Amir Sadollah vs. Johny Hendricks, Kendall Grove vs. Ricardo Almeida, Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino, Tamdan McCrory vs. John Howard, Matt Riddle vs. Dan Cramer, George Sotiropoulos vs. Rob Emerson, and Danillo Villefort vs. Jesse Lennox. [UFC.com]

— Former UFC middleweight contender Jason MacDonald has been released from his contract according to his latest blog post for Sportsnet.ca. “I received an e-mail Saturday from the UFC, from their legal department, saying “my services were no longer needed” and “my contract has been terminated,” MacDonald said on the website. He is now expected to take a short hiatus before returning to action in Mark Pavelich’s Maximum Fighting Championship promotion this fall. [Sportsnet.ca]

— “Ultimate Fighter 8” cast member Krzysztof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski will step in to replace an injured Houston Alexander against Andre Gusmao in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 98 later this month. Soszynski was just in action less than a month ago, scoring a first-round submission win over former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann at UFC 97. [Twitter.com/UFC]

UFC Announces Bouts for April Events

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday confirmed multiple previously rumored bouts that are scheduled to take place at the organization’s separate April events later this year.

Added to the UFC’s return to Canada on April 18 for UFC 97 were a total of four bouts. Former WEC Brian Stann will make his UFC debut against “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Krzysztof Soszynski on the event’s televised main card.

Stann was slated to take on Steve Cantwell in the third career bout between the two this past December, but was forced out of the bout with a foot injury. Soszynski comes into the fight with one UFC win already under his belt in the form of a second-round submission of Shane Primm.

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Quote of the Day: MacDonald Wants to Shake Struggles Against Top Middleweights

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“So, looking to 2009, I need to try to find a way to beat these top-5 guys that I’ve come up short against. We saw that people have been let go in the past year, so my focus is to continue to get better and continue to improve my career in the UFC. I’ve got a long ladder to climb to get to the top of the division. But there are a tonne of exciting fights for me in this division.”

— UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald discusses his recent struggles against the upper-echelon of the UFC’s middleweight division and his plans to rectify the problem in his latest blog post for Sportsnet.ca.


TUF 8 Finale Lineup Set

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The full lineup for the Finale of the Ultimate Fighter 8 reality series has been set.  The live telecast will be on SpikeTV from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, December 13 at 9:00pm EST.  There are five fights set for the broadcast at this time.  In what may be a first in a long time, all 16 participants who competed while living in the TUF house will be on the card.

Main Card
Efrain Escudero vs. Phillipe Nover for the TUF 8 lightweight finale
Ryan Bader vs. Vinicius Magalhaes for the TUF 8 light heavyweights finale
Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason MacDonald
Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson
Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

Preliminary Card
Shane Primm vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Jules Bruchez vs. Eliot Marshall
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor
Shane Nelson vs. George Roop
John Polakowski vs. Rolando Delgado


UFC 88 Suspensions and Salaries

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The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission has released the official lists of medical suspensions and fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 88: Breakthrough event, which took place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rashad Evans scored a brutal second-round knockout of former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the show’s main event. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former PRIDE title holder Dan Henderson were also victorious in their respective bouts.

In terms of the fighter salaries, remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

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UFC 88: Breakthrough Weigh-In Results

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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The show is headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell going up against undefeated contender Rashad Evans. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be moving back up to the 205 lb. weight class to take on former standout collegiate wrestler and one-time training partner Matt Hamill in the co-main event.

Main Card:

Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Rich Franklin (204.5 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (185 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (184.5 lbs)
Dong-Hyun Kim (170 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Kurt Pellegrino (156 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Tim Boetsch (205 lbs) vs. Mike Patt (205 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Jason Lambert (185 lbs)
Ryo Chonan (170 lbs) vs. Roan Carneiro (170 lbs)

MacDonald Plans to Wear Lambert Down

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“I think at this point in my UFC career all the fights I face are tough, and I don’t think Lambert will be any different. What I do think is that the first time you cut the weight down to a level you haven’t before it’s tough. With Lambert, we’re talking about a guy who has fought at heavyweight, then was down to light-heavyweight, and now he’ll have his first fight at 185. I think that’s definitely to my advantage. As the rounds go on, I think the weight cut will wear on him.”

- Jason MacDonald discusses his upcoming middleweight bout against Jason Lambert at UFC 88: Breakthrough this Saturday night in his latest blog post for Rogers Sportsnet.

MacDonald’s strategy to attempt to wear Lambert down couldn’t be more perfect. Lambert’s first fight at 185 lbs is certainly going to have some kind of effect on his stamina and he’s never really been known for his gas tank anyway. Look for a weakened Lambert to be taken down and submitted in later rounds.

MacDonald Talks Short Notice Fight Process

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Despite having to re-arrange some plans, Jason MacDonald‘s decision to accept a fight on short notice against Jason Lambert at UFC 88 in two weeks turned out to be a no-brainer. With his disappointing loss to Demian Maia still fresh in his mind, the ideal way for MacDonald to get back on track is this kind of situation.

From his blog on Sportsnet.ca:

So Saturday I get an email from Joe Silva, the UFC’s matchmaker. I didn’t see it that day, but Sunday morning I get up and read this message asking if I’d be interested in fighting Jason Lambert. So obviously I jumped all over it.

The only hesitation was from a family standpoint. My whole family was supposed to go to Nova Scotia to visit my parents. So the only thing was reorganizing my plans for the next three to four weeks. I asked Joe if he could give me until noon to give him an answer so I could rearrange things. And we were able to.

But the timing is perfect for me, because everybody is going to be training over the next few weeks. And that’s always a good time, because everyone else is focused and preparing for their fights.

This is a very interesting fight. MacDonald is a pretty big guy at 185 lbs but Lambert is going to be even bigger than him dropping down from light heavyweight. I think Lambert will want to keep this fight standing for the most part and we already know that MacDonald doesn’t mind standing and banging. Is it that good of a decision considering Lambert’s power? Even though he may not be able to match Lambert’s wrestling, MacDonald has a significant edge in the submission department and I think it’s his best bet to win this fight.

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Reports: MacDonald to Replace Day at UFC 88

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Jason Day has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight bout against Jason Lambert at UFC 88 after suffering an arm injury during a recent training session. He will reportedly be replaced by fellow Canadian veteran Jason MacDonald according to Sherdog.com.

Day suffered an elbow and biceps injury that will keep him out of action for an indefinite period of time states MMA Weekly. He is scheduled to have an MRI on his arm in the coming days, which is expected to give him a time-frame for his recovery.

Following his disappointing submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC 87 last month, MacDonald will be stepping in to face Lambert, who will be making his middleweight debut at the event, on short notice with a little less than three weeks of training time.

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