UFC bantamweight Michael McDonald has proven himself to be a rare talent at the age of 21. He holds an overall record of 15-1 with thirteen TKOs/submissions to his credit and is coming off a finish of former WEC champion Miguel Torres. However, even though McDonald is fighting for an interim belt in his bout next month against Renan Barao, the polished youngster hasn’t set his sights on strapping the gold around his waist.
In fact, as made clear in a recent conversation with MMAJunkie, McDonald would rather focus on the task at hand rather than a prize that’s far from guaranteed.
“I don’t want to think about it until afterward. That’s kind of how I do it. This whole fighting thing is very stressful. It’s very overwhelming with the whole ‘first-fight jitters’ kind of thing. You can’t think about it. You have to be a good judge of when to block your emotions and when to let them in.”
“Emotions cloud judgment, and I don’t want anything clouding my judgment when I go in there. I don’t want to think about a title. I don’t even want to see a title. I don’t want to think about it. I just want to go in there. I want to go home, I want to train, be with my family – do what makes me happy, do my job and go back at home.”
McDonald-Barao are scheduled to headline UFC on Fuel 7 on February 16 in London, England.
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