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Michael McDonald gives a grisly update on his latest hand injury

The knocks keep coming for Michael McDonald as the Bellator bantamweight is going back under the knife to repair his broken hand.

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Michael “Mayday” McDonald is undoubtedly one of the best bantamweight fighters in the world. He’s also proved to be one of the most brittle, breaking both his hands over his past two Bellator fights. And while initially it sounded like McDonald might get away from this latest break without surgery, that’s no longer the case.

In fact, the case sounds much, much worse. I’ll let Michael explain.

”My friends, I have news about my hand,” he wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately the first attempt to fix my hand wasn’t as successful as we had hopes. We are going to move on with surgery after all. Not only did I shatter my bones in my hand but I also crushed it. I lost 1/4 inch off my knuckle and pointer finger length which slightly mis-aligns and deforms my fist, which will be a huge danger for me to continue punching. We are going to try to fuse my hand bones together and all extend it back to the original length, along with adding a surgical steel plate for reinforcement.”

”It’s crazy to say, but this could possibly still be only a portion of my recovery,” he continued. “The last bone fusion I had (on my right hand) was a 2 surgery process. One to add a steel plate and fuse the bone along with extracting bone marrow from another part of my body, and yet another surgery a month afterward to remove the steel plate and screws fro may hand since they were so close to the wrist.”

”My hand surgery is scheduled for August 30th in Las Vegas with the genius Dr. James Vahey. Praise God I have a wonderful wife who will take care of me during these crazy times. I couldn’t imagine if we had new born children and we had to deal with this craziness. If you have a calendar and take practice in praying for people in need, please feel free to add it to you calendar on the 30th to pray for my health in surgery, my doctor’s steady hand, my wife’s care taking and my body’s acceptance of the surgery.”

”Thanks guys! I’ll keep you updates as time goes by. Shalom!”

McDonald is coming off an impressive first round knockout of Eduardo Dantas that probably would have locked him in for a shot at the Bellator 135 pound title. Instead, he stood in the ring afterwards with his mangled hand and wondered out loud if his career was over. On the plus side, it doesn’t sound like he’s quite ready to quit yet. But we do have to wonder how he’ll be able to continue when his hands keep betraying him.

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