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UFC 68: Rich Franklin vs. Jason MacDonald?

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No good deed goes unpunished, especially in the sport of mixed martial arts.

UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald (18-7) -- fresh off back-to-back impressive submission victories over Ed Herman (10-5) and Chris Leben (16-3) -- has perhaps earned himself a fight with former 185-pound champion Rich Franklin (20-2), according to

After his most recent win over "The Crippler" at UFC 66 via guillotine choke, UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva alluded to the fact that big things were in store for the Canadian in 2007.

Here's a snip from White on

"Tonight it was a big, big, big win for Jason MacDonald. He's coming off two real big wins and we're probably going to see some good things from him."

And from Silva:

[I have] a surprise for him in his next fight and I think [he'll] like it.

If it happens, the showdown would go down at UFC 68 on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.

It would mark Franklin's first fight since his title loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 64 in October, and a big step up in competition for MacDonald.

Who, up until this point, has made a quick name for himself in the UFC taking out former cast members from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality series (who also just so happen to be Team Quest teammates).

In his post-fight interviews, MacDonald has implored the UFC to get him in the middleweight championship contender mix.

And it looks like he may get his wish -- Rich Franklin is certainly one huge stepping stone.

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