"I don't see (size) being a huge issue in this fight because I think a lot of people consider me to be a pretty big middleweight as well. I started training camp around 209-212 pounds, so I don't think it's going to be a huge factor in the fight. But you don't want to leave any rock unturned, so I went down there to train with some big guys just to make sure that I was prepared come Oct. 20 to deal with some big, strong guys.... I feel like if I can push the pace really fast on Okami, I have a feeling that I can break him down in those first two rounds and not ever have to worry about him coming alive in that third round. I'm not sure that he can fight at the pace that I'm going to push in these first two rounds ... at least I'm hoping that he's not going to be able to fight at that pace. If he is, then we've got a fight on our hands, but if he can't then I see me just wearing him out and taking him to the deep end and then making him make a mistake ... and then I'll be ready to capitalize on it."
-- Jason MacDonald discusses his middleweight showdown with Yushin Okami at UFC 77: "Hostile Territory" on October 20 via MMAWeekly.com. It's the swing bout of the evening and is not guaranteed to be broadcast on the pay-per-view (PPV) telecast.