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Michael McDonald’s Personal Goals Don’t Include UFC Gold

With only days until Michael McDonald looks to become the youngest UFC champion, winning the interim bantamweight gold isn’t that important to him apparently.

“When it comes to my personal goals and what I want, I don’t care about it,” said McDonald to MMA Junkie. “I think when people want that on a personal level, they fuse this job with their identity, and that’s a dangerous road toward being corrupted by the system and letting their pride be the source of their fall.”

This weekend, McDonald looks to take the interim championship from Renan Barão. It will be Barão’s first title defense after winning the belt over the summer. The current champion, Dominick Cruz, has been out for over a year with an ACL injury causing the interim to be defended. Cruz has no return date after the first surgery was considered a failure.

Barão is 29-1 with the only loss being his debut. McDonald is undefeated in the UFC with four wins. He finished his last two opponents in the opening round.

UFC on FUEL TV is headlined by Barão vs. McDonald this Saturday, February 16. It comes from Wembley Arena in England.