However, UFC bantamweight Michael McDonald is nothing if not unique as a 21-year old with talent and maturity beyond his years, and as such he happens to subscribe to the aforementioned philosophy. McDonald is set to scrap with interim champ Renan Barao next month at UFC on Fuel 7 but, in his mind, it’s just another fight.
“I don’t think it’s my job to say, ‘I want the title. I want to be the youngest champion. I want to do this. I want to do that.’ I feel like doing that just puts stuff in my head that doesn’t need to be there,” admitted McDonald in an interview with MMAJunkie. “I feel like my job and what’s in front of me is just fighting. I feel like that’s what I’m supposed to do and what I’m supposed to stick at. I don’t think I’m supposed to get involved in media and what they think. I just stick to fighting.”
“I don’t want to think about it until afterward,” McDonald continued when asked about the interim strap. “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,” he concluded. “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.”
Though McDonald may approach things differently than most it’s hard to argue with his methods. McDonald holds an overall record of 15-1 including thirteen stoppages and wins in the Octagon over Chris Cariaso and Miguel Torres.
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