why would the UFC let macdonald fight rich franklin or mike swick or anderson silva for his first fight? first of all, silva has a previous obligation with lutter. then franklin i just got medically cleared to train. and then of course leben isnt that bad. his first fight i believe he was a stepping stone but not the second one. dana upped the quality of opponent for him and since he won he's getting a bigger name for himself. macdonald wants franklin. the UFC loves this guy enough to do what he wants.