Former UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald retires from MMA

Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

After more than 40 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights in a career that spanned nearly 15 years, Canadian "Athlete" Jason MacDonald is hanging up the gloves for good.

You know that "storybook ending" Jason MacDonald wanted? Yeah, that ain't happening.

Even though the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender promised to return to the Octagon following his knockout loss to Tom Lawlor at the UFC on FUEL TV 3 event last May in Fairfax, Virginia, the time off has forced "The Athlete" to reconsider.

From MMA Fighting:

"I've had a great MMA career. I have traveled, met great people and have done things I would have never dreamed of through MMA. It's been an honor to be with the UFC over the years, but it's now time to move on. I'm getting older, my four kids are growing up fast. I'm going to focus on my family and my CrossFit gym."

MacDonald (25-16) 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 (see it here). It was particularly devastating because "The Athlete" had just fought his way back into the Octagon after securing three consecutive victories on the regional circuit.

All that work just to go back home.

He eventually secured a comeback win at UFC 129 against Ryan Jensen, but would be unable to avoid losses to Alan Belcher and the aforementioned Lawlor. And better to go out on your own terms than hang around and be one of the 100 fighters sent packing.

My favorite "Athlete" memory was his exciting first-round against Demian Maia at UFC 87. What's yours?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker