MODESTO — When Michael McDonald sees an opening, he pounces.
After all, you don't earn a shot at becoming the youngest champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship without knowing how to land a crushing blow.
Apparently, McDonald wants to do the same outside of the ring in a fight against pain and sickness.
"I was thinking about partnering with some charity in between fights," said McDonald, 22. "I was just looking to do some good in the world, do something positive."
Cure International, a Christian-based, non-profit organization that operates hospitals and surgical programs for children in need, took notice of him.
"I'm a UFC fan," said Jeff Jackson, Cure International's director of artist relations. "I tend to keep an eye out for guys that are more open about their faith."
Jackson contacted McDonald about joining forces and before he could finish his introduction, McDonald struck.
"He said, 'Let's cut to the the chase. I want to partner with you.' "
McDonald will hold a seminar April 20 at Oakdale MMA, 140 N. 2nd Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event costs $60 if you pre-register at OakdaleMMA.com or at the academy, and $80 at the door on the day of the event.
"I'm going to be doing multiple seminars in multiple places," says McDonald (15-2), who last month lost his bid to become the youngest UFC champ ever with a fourth-round submission to Renan Barao in London. "I'm going to be doing a lot of work with (Cure)."