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MacDonald confirms Franklin fight at UFC 68

I just want to briefly follow up on some UFC 68 news from a few days ago, which pointed to a 185-pound showdown between former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin (20-2) and the nifty Jason MacDonald (18-7).

According to a recent article on, MacDonald will indeed collide with "Ace" on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.

Here's a snip from the "The Athlete" in the article:

"When you continue to be successful in the UFC, each time you go back you get a tougher fight. I got a big win over (Chris) Leben who was considered to be in the top five and now they're giving me someone else who is another top guy."

While not from the UFC, this statement is about as official as it gets. also confirms this news, and adds that the UFC and MacDonald have agreed on a four-fight contract extension for the Canadian.

One quick note: The MMA rumor mill is constantly churning, spitting out possible fights and rumored match ups. We comb through most of it, but in the end, we do our best to stick with the best — and — when it comes to announcing them here at UFCmania.

These established and trusted sources are on the money more often than not.

I'm just trying to stress caution and make the point that things happen — injuries, suspensions, deer hunting, contract disputes, etc. — that can often derail even the "guaranteed" locks.

To avoid any and all confusion, your best bet is to check back here as often as possible for the latest UFC updates. ;)

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