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Michael McDonald Not Worried About Becoming A Champion

Many fighters step into the Octagon with one thing in mind — to eventually become UFC champion. Bantamweight title contender Michael McDonald (15-1) says that winning the title isn’t a big concern to him, and that he just wants to fight.

“Honestly, it’s not something on my checklist,” said McDonald to MMA Junkie. “I don’t think it’s my job to say, I want the title. I feel like doing that just puts stuff in my head that doesn’t need to be there.”

Next month, McDonald takes on UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barão (29-1-1) for the title. If McDonald leaves the fight with his hand held high, he will be the youngest champion in UFC history at 21-years-old. Current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1) currently holds that honor, having won his title at 23.

The current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (19-1) has been out of action since 2011 with an ACL injury.

Barão vs. McDonald headlines UFC on FUEL TV 7 on February 16. The show takes place from the Wembley Arena in England.