In his fight with Rich Franklin at UFC 68, Jason MacDonald had to throw in the towel after the second round after he went blind in one eye and had some loss of vision in the other. Sherdog.com recently interviewed MacDonald’s trainer/manager Mark Pavelich. Here’s some of what Pavelich had to say about MacDonald’s future:
“Back in Alberta for an updated check-up, the middleweight had already regained some vision; however when asked to look to the side he experienced a sharp pain and saw a black dot.
Several months ago Pavelich told me that due to Jason’s seven fights in the past year, regardless of the outcome of the Franklin fight, he would get some well deserved time off. I’m not sure if he told MacDonald though, as I’ve heard that he’s already back in the gym working out.
Finally, when asked about future opponents for “The Athlete,” Pavelich said that MacDonald has proven he belongs in the mix with other top middleweight contenders. No specifics have been discussed with the UFC, but Pavelich added that he’d like to see a match-up with Dane Martin Kampmann”
It’s good to hear MacDonald is recovering from his eye injury first and foremost. We knew it had to be bad to warrant stopping the fight between rounds and from the sounds of things he is well on his way to recovering. MacDonald, despite his loss to Franklin, still has immense upside and is one of the major contenders in the division.
Martin Kampmann (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is undefeated in the octagon competing last at the same event as MacDonald, UFC 68. Kampmann topped Andrew McFedries at the March 3rd event via submission. He also has wins against Crafton Wallace at Fight Night 6 and Thales Leites at TUF 4 Finale.
A fight between the two would be compelling and likely they would put on a good show. This fight will not be happening before late-summer to give the fighters some rest but after that it could happen at anytime.