MacDonald and Carlos
Condit will likely square off once again at UFC 158.
MacDonald announced the planned pairing during a Wednesday
appearance on MMAJunkie Radio. Though the promotion has officially
announced neither the fight nor the event, UFC 158 is expected to
take place March 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Following his unanimous decision victory over B.J. Penn this
past Saturday at UFC on Fox 5, MacDonald requested a rematch with
Condit during his post-fight interview. On Tuesday, Fuel TV’s “UFC
Tonight” reported that “The Natural Born Killer” had accepted the
Canadian’s challenge, though no specifics were released regarding
where or when the bout might go down.
Regarded by many as the heir apparent to reigning UFC welterweight
titlist and Tristar teammate Georges St.
Pierre, MacDonald suffered his lone loss to Condit in June
2010, when the New Mexican rallied in the third round to stop the
prospect with just seven seconds remaining in a bout that many felt
MacDonald was winning through the first two frames. Since that UFC
115 setback, MacDonald has won four straight fights, most recently
using his size, reach and athleticism to batter former two-division
champion Penn at the Key Arena in Seattle.
Condit, meanwhile, rattled off three consecutive wins following his
come-from-behind technical knockout of MacDonald, knocking out
Hardy and Dong Hyun
Kim before taking a contentious unanimous decision from
Diaz to win the UFC interim welterweight title this past
February. Nine months later, the Jackson’s MMA representative faced
returning champion St. Pierre in an attempt to unify the titles,
coming up short on the judges’ scorecards despite flooring “Rush”
in the third round with a high kick.