The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 4 winner Travis Lutter (9-5) is in talks to face "TUF" Killer Jason MacDonald (21-12) at Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC) 22 from the River Cree Resort and Casino on Friday, October 2 according to Sportsnet.ca.
Zuffa gave Lutter his walking papers following his technical knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2" in April 2008. It was his first (and last) fight since returning from a 14-month long layoff, recovering from a back injury that had haunted him throughout his career.
And the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist nearly pulled off the win with a tight armbar; however, "Ace" defended it perfectly, spun out and went on to pound out the tired-looking "Serial Killer."
He was lambasted for the performance – critics felt he was unprepared and not conditioned to compete for the full 15 minutes. Perhaps the accusations were accurate or just more ammo for those who are still miffed that Lutter failed to make weight for his 185-pound title bout against middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 67 in early 2007.
Whatever the case may be, the talented but often maligned Lutter is a lightning rod for criticism.
MacDonald was released from the UFC last May after a nearly three-year career inside the Octagon. "The Athlete" was halfway through a four-fight contract signed last September and even had the chance to be immortalized courtesy of a Round 5 action figure.
Unfortunately the Canadian had been inconsistent during his tenure with the UFC, going 5-5 and recently losing two straight — including a dreadful performance against Nate Quarry at UFC 97 back on April 18.
MacDonald was never able to gain any traction in the 185-pound division since bursting onto the scene in 2006 with back-to-back submission wins over Ed Herman and Chris Leben. Still, he brings a well rounded arsenal to the table and will no doubt be fighting with the intentions of getting back to the big stage.
Perhaps they both will.
Stay tuned for more updates to MFC's October 2 fight card as they become available.