Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Nate Quarry will look to rebound from recent losses and climb the 185-pound ladder when they meet at UFC 97 on April 18th in Montreal, Canada.
MMAFrenzy.com today confirmed the matchup, which was first reported by MMA Weekly.
Though he’s gone just 5-4 since debuting with the UFC in 2006, MacDonald (21-11) has earned three “Submission of the Night” awards for wins over Ed Herman, Chris Leben, and Jason Lambert as well as a “Knockout of the Night” honor for his second-round TKO of Joe Doerksen. “The Athlete” was last in action at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale in December, losing via first round submission due to strikes.
Quarry kicked off his UFC career with three-straight victories over Lodune Sincaid, Shonie Carterm, and Pete Sell that earned him a title shot against Rich Franklin. Franklin defeated Quarry via first-round knockout in late-2005 and “The Rock” did not compete again inside the octagon for two years due to various injuries sustained prior to the championship bout and underwent surgery for a chronic back condition that allowed him to return to competition in 2007. Quarry returned with back-to-back wins over Pete Sell and Kalib Starnes, but suffered a first-round submission loss to Demia Maia at UFC 91 in November.