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Is UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald ready to call it quits?
Maybe, maybe not.
The 185-pound "Athlete" has some soul-searching to do after coming up empty at UFC Fight Night 25 last Saturday night (Sept. 17) at the Bud Light-sponsored "Battle on the Bayou" in New Orleans.
MacDonald was pounded out by returning "Talent" Alan Belcher, who took command of their main card bout and never relinquished it en route to a first round stoppage.
Find out what went wrong from the Canadian submission specialist (via Sportsnet.ca) after the jump.
"Our gameplan was to close distance, get in range and work the clinch. But I missed my takedown and he ended up on top of me. In hindsight, I should have kicked him off when I had the chance because he was posturing up, but instead I thought, I’ll stay in this position for a minute or two and work on it and hope to get a submission. But I quickly took a couple elbows – in fact, one really hard elbow behind the ear, and pretty much everything after that was a blur. It’s pretty obvious that that was the beginning of the end. And the rest is history. There was some talk before the fight of me retiring. Right now, I’m not making that decision. It’s just 48 hours after the fight, and that’s not the time. I haven’t even had the opportunity to talk about it with my wife and my managers."MacDonald (25-14) also suffered a potential career-ending injury when he shattered his leg against John Salter in the first round at UFC 113. It was particularly devastating because "The Athlete" had just fought his way back into the Octagon after securing three consecutive wins on the regional circuit.
MacDonald (25-15) suffered a potential career-ending injury when he shattered his leg against John Salter in the first round of their middleweight bout back at UFC 113. It was particularly devastating because "The Athlete" had just fought his way back into the Octagon after securing three consecutive wins on the regional circuit.
He proved he was indeed back for good after having his leg reassembled and strangling Ryan Jensen en route to a first round submission win at UFC 129: "St. Pierre vs. Shields" earlier this year, but Saturday night's drubbing is unquestionably a major setback.
But will it be enough to get him to stay home for good?
Let's hear your take on some potential fights left for MacDonald if he continues in the UFC.