Michael McDonald isn’t letting the pressure of competing for a UFC championship get to him.

McDonald, who will collide with Renan Barao at UFC on Fuel TV 7 next month for the interim UFC bantamweight title, isn’t thinking at all about becoming a champion – as he told MMAjunkie.com recently.

I don’t want to think about it until afterward. That’s kind of how I do it. This whole fighting thing is very stressful. It’s very overwhelming with the whole ‘first-fight jitters’ kind of thing. I don’t even want to see a title. I don’t want to think about it. I just want to go in there.

McDonald (15-1) has earned four victories inside the Octagon, but has not fought since last April when he knocked out Miguel Torres for his second straight first round KO victory. With Dominick Cruz sidelined indefinitely, Barao was asked to step in and defend his interim title.