by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Nate Quarry will attempt to shrug off recent setbacks when they face each other at UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada on Apr. 18.
Sources close to both fighters indicated that bout agreements were signed and the fight was a go. At the time of this writing, it is unknown whether the bout will grace the main card of the event.
Quarry last appeared at UFC 91, where he lost to submission specialist Demian Maia via rear naked choke. It was his first fight since an freak eye injury kept him on the sidelines for six months following his fan-favorite performance against Kalib Starnes at UFC 83. The 36 year-old season one alum of “The Ultimate Fighter” carries an overall record of 10-3, with a 5-2 UFC record.
Jason MacDonald was last seen at the season eight finale of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where he submitted to a ferocious ground and pound assault at the hands of American Top Team product Wilson Gouveia. As a small consolation, the Edmonton, Alberta resident was awarded twenty percent of the Gouveia’s purse when the Brazilian was unable to make weight. MacDonald carries an overall record of 21-11 with a UFC record of 5-4.