Former UFC title challenger and Bellator veteran Michael ‘Mayday’ McDonald has decided to hang up his gloves after 23 fight career that lasted 11 years. Five weeks ago he announced he had to go yet another hand surgery following which he decided to take this step.
27-years old Michael McDonald at the peak of his career fought for a world title against Renan Barao in 2013. Since then, things have been less than ideal health wise. He compiled a record of 19-4 over the course of his MMA career.
McDonald went on a small undefeated run in Bellator compiling a record of 2-0. In his last fight this past July, he knocked out former Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas in 58 seconds. In his last fight, he ended up injuring his left hand.
McDonald took to Social Media to explain the cause of his retirement:
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My friends and family, I am excited to announce the start of a new chapter for me and my wife Rachel. Today I am officially retiring from MMA fighting and I plan on never competing in martial arts competitions again. I had a wonderful career and a wonderful staff, and even greater- a wonderful wife and a wonderful God to thank for all the great moments. 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 7 years now along side 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. Here is a brief write up of my retirement and the reasons why from my friend Brett Okomoto from ESPN. http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/24817357/bellator-bantamweight-michael-mcdonald-retires-mma
“This last fight, everything was perfect,” McDonald told ESPN. “This feels good. Most people, when they quit, it’s because they can’t hang. They’ve been beaten out of the sport and their family is sitting them down and asking them to please stop. For me, it’s not a matter of skill or being able to perform, but I’m at a point where the cost is greater than the reward.”