How do you get new four-fight deals from the UFC? How about going undefeated through your first four fights with the promotion and knocking out a former champion in your last trip to the Octagon?
That seems to be the trick for bantamweight contender Michael McDonald, who has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.
Sources close to the fighter’s camp confirmed the deal with MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
At only 21-years of age, Michael McDonald is the definition of a young phenom. Storming through his last several fights, McDonald is poised for a big jump in the UFC’s 135-pound weight class in 2012.
In his last bout, McDonald floored former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres with a vicious first round knockout, marking his fourth win in as many tries in the UFC.
Now with a new deal in place, McDonald can start looking ahead at his next fight later this year. The young Californian was in the running for a UFC interim bantamweight title fight against Urijah Faber at UFC 148, but a hand injury suffered in training took him out of contention.
Still, if McDonald can win his next fight it would seem a title shot won’t be far away no matter who the champion is at that time.