Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miguel Angel Torres lays on the ground unconscious as Michael McDonald celebrates a knock out in a bantamweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. McDonald won the bout by knockout in the first round. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
"I want to perform like I think I can and like I know I can. It was very disappointing to me that my only two decisions were in the UFC that I have ever been to and I really believe that I can fight like I did with Miguel and let that be how the fight ends with anyone on the world on the right day. I really think that's me. That's what I can do better than anyone else. There is no one in my weight class. I believe, that can punch as hard as I can and not get punches as much. I feel like what I do, no one can do it exactly like me. I'm unique and what I do is unique. But, I have a long way to go to be the best that I can be. My outlook on fighting and my goals in fighting are a lot different than other people I have met. What makes me a dangerous fighter is when I am happy and I am inspired. What inspires me to fight good isn't exactly having the belt. That actually isn't my goal. My goal is a very big one. I want to be happy, that's the goal right now. I want to stay in this company and make a living. If I get a few losses then that's ok, I think I can beat these guys, but, it's not the end of the world, I am 21 years old. I don't need to be champion."
After putting on perhaps his best performance to date at UFC 145: "Jones vs. Evans" last weekend (April 21, 2012) with his knockout of former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres, Michael McDonald proved that despite his young age (21), he is a force to be reckoned with at 135-pounds. Riding an eight-fight win streak (4-0) in the UFC, "Mayday" isn't far away from earning himself at a shot at the title, though that isn't necessarily the end game for the rising youngster. As long as he's happy, that's all that he needs at the moment, and being happy isn't a good thing ... for his future opponents, that is. After all, that's when he's at his best as he told MMA Weekly. After his latest impressive performance inside the Octagon, who do you feel should be next to feel McDonald's punching power?