On the surface, the life of a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter would appear to the be the stuff adolescent dreams are made of. Fame, money, prestige, and women are all ripe for the taking for a competitor who is successful inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon.
With a 16-2 record and an upcoming UFC on FOX 9 co-main event match-up against Urijah Faber set for Dec. 14, 2013, at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., bantamweight prospect Michael McDonald may be doing more than alright when it comes to the first three items on the aforementioned list, but the same can't be said for his track record with the ladies.
You see, McDonald hasn't gotten laid in over three years.
"I've actually been abstinent from sex for about three and a half years now," the devout Christian revealed when asked in a recent interview whether he cut out sex before fights (via FightersOnly).
While most young males would find three and a half years of "not getting any" to be a far more terrifying proposition than any worst case scenario Dana White could conjure up in one of his seemingly endless variations on the legendary "Do You Want To Be A Fucking Fighter" speech, a surprisingly large number of fighters believe in refraining from tapping that ass before stepping inside the cage and attempting to tap fools out.
In fact, according to a confidential survey that ran in the Sept. 16, 2013 edition of ESPN the Magazine, "47 percent [of UFC fighters] are convinced that abstinence will benefit them on fight night."
It's a theory noted urologist, sex therapist, philosopher, and "New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni subscribes to.
"You take punches better when you abstain from, ah … punching your own loads out," observed the always eloquent Baroni.
But what about fighters whose anatomy makes "punching their own loads out" physically impossible?
According to UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, as game day approaches, it's game on in the bedroom.
"For girls it raises your testosterone," Rousey said. "So I try to have as much sex as possible before I fight, actually."
Who says male fighters have it easier than their female counterparts?
So, dudes, it would appear the revelations made by McDonald, Baroni, and a handful of anonymous UFC fighters present a pressing question for all you would-be MMA superstars out there:
Do you want to be a non-fucking fighter?
In case you need a help reaching your decision, here's a video that may lend a hand.