Michael McDonald has wood.
That’s why he no longer needs mixed martial arts (MMA), and now the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator MMA veteran can focus on his passion for cabinetry without breaking his hand every time he steps into the wood shop.
“Mayday” announced his retirement on Thursday.
“Today I am officially retiring from MMA fighting and I plan on never competing in martial arts competitions again,” McDonald wrote on Facebook. “I am now going to be doing my woodworking full time from here on for many many years to come. I have been a professional cabinet and furniture maker for seven years now alongside my fighting. I have my own custom cabinetry and furniture shop and I am just as passionate about woodworking as I am about martial arts. I put the same hard work and striving for perfection into my woodworking craft as you have all seen in my fighting career.”
McDonald (19-4) ripped through the regional circuit before making his Octagon debut in early 2011. An electric 4-0 start with two violent knockouts would soon follow, but “Mayday” faltered in his Renan Barao fight on FUEL TV.
He would subsequently put together a ho-hum 2-2 record before setting sail for Bellator MMA and despite two impressive victories for Scott Coker and Co., McDonald, still just 27, once again found himself sidelined with an injured hand.
That said, comebacks are all the rage these days, so never say never.