The Ultimate Fighting Championship this week took to Calgary for a press conference announcing not just UFC 149 for that city, but also two more events in 2012 in Canada. UFC 152 is slated for Sept. 22 in Toronto and UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal.
Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald, who currently resides just up the road from Calgary, was on hand to help announce UFC 149, the promotion’s first event in Calgary. But even more than announcing the event, he was lobbying to cap off his career there.
MacDonald has been competing professionally for more than a decade. He kicked off his career with a victory in Calgary in 1999. It’s a career that has made stops in many top promotions over the years, including a couple tours of duty in the Octagon.
Though he is currently 1-2 on his current run with the world’s leading promotion, MacDonald is hoping to finish his career in the UFC.
He currently has a bout slated against Tom Lawlor at UFC on Fuel TV 3 on May 15 in Virginia, but if he comes out of that unscathed, and hopefully on the winning side of things, it’s not out of the question that he could be ready two months later for Calgary. And that’s exactly what he’s hoping for.
“I’m excited on a personal level,” MacDonald said of UFC 149 at the press conference in Calgary, before adding, “I got a tough fight coming in May, but I really hope to be a part of the show (in Calgary).”
Though MacDonald has been much of a journeyman throughout his career, amassing a respectable 25-15 professional record, for him, hanging up his gloves less than two hours away from home would be the perfect way for the 36-year-old to go out.
“It’ll be a storybook ending for me. I’ll hopefully retire from the UFC in the Calgary show. For me the show is really special.”