UFC 145: Michael McDonald had to fight his church pastor before fighting Miguel Torres

Photo of Michael McDonald by Scott Petersen via MMAweekly.com.

Onward, Christian solider!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight wunderkind Michael McDonald will face Miguel Torres for a spot in the potential "mix" this Saturday night (April 21, 2012) on the main card of the UFC 145: "Jones vs. Evans" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

So what did he do to prepare for the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 135-pound champion?

Why, trade blows with his pastor, of course! McDonald had to beat feet after his original church frowned upon his extracurricular activities inside the Octagon, but since aligning himself with a new group of religious but non-judgmental "brothers," he's been able to focus on the three things he loves the most.

Find out what they are (via MMA Interviews), after the jump.

"There's three things I really love to do aside from fighting. Carpentry, ministry and teaching. My previous church, the pastor wasn't really for it. The older generation was like 'Uh, yeah, whatever, you beat someone up and say you give the glory to God by punching someone in the face, you're crazy.' I'm in a very understanding, non-denominational Protestant church now. They're all very cool with it. I got to spar with the pastor a little bit and talk to the kids. My church has been extremely supportive about it. It went good, I didn't get beat up! He was a big guy, like 350. It was cool for the little kids to see little guy fight big guy and little guy not lose, then get to talk to them about it."

Now that "Mayday" is done beating his congregation to a pulpit, he can turn his attention to the battle-tested Torres, who will probably tell the young up-and-comer to say his prayers before the opening bell.

Who do you like in this 135-pound fight? Old school or new?

Get a closer look at the Michael McDonald vs Miguel Torres bout with our in-depth fight preview right here.

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