Franklin v. MacDonald

Friday, January 05, 2007
by Andy Cotterill (acotterill@sherdog.com)

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (Pictures) will return to action for the first time since losing his belt to Anderson Silva when he faces quickly-rising middleweight contender Jason MacDonald (Pictures), March 3 in Columbus, Ohio, Sherdog.com confirmed on Friday.

MacDonald's manager, Mark Pavelich of Pro Camp Sports Management, informed Sherdog.com that MacDonald was offered to fight Franklin on the UFC 68 card several days after the Canadian's sophomore appearance in the Octagon, where he defeated Chris Leben (Pictures) by modified guillotine choke.

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was so impressed with MacDonald's performance, said Pavelich, that on top of the Franklin offer, he agreed to a signing bonus and a new four-fight contract.

Source Sherdog.com

How is this fight going to go? It is true that MacDonald has two nice wins over TUF vets but I don't think that means he is ready for Franklin. I would have given MacDonald one more low level fight before putting him in the ring with Rich.

Does the athlete have the hands to trade with Franklin

This should be an interesting fight but I predict a 2nd round KO by Franklin

sorry I missed the info but thanks for letting me know I missed the bus ;)