Michael McDonald Sidelined Indefinitely With Hand Injury

Three months after his disappointing loss to Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald has decided how he wants to go into the octagon. After a long break, the Californian has no timetable set to return while he remains sidelined with a hand injury that still hasn’t been fully diagnosed.

McDonald noticed the problem while practicing his other passion: woodworking. He realized that when he would pick up pieces of plywood, his right hand couldn’t quite grip them with the same strength as his left. While a fracture was originally suspected by McDonald, it has since been ruled out, and the true cause is still under investigation. For now, the waiting game is on.

Heres what he had to say about the whole ordeal:

“There’s a big bump on my hand, and when I start punching that’s what starts hurting, is the bump on my hand, It’s what’s causing me to lose strength. The doctor thinks it’s tendon damage. I think I have another month of rest from fighting before I can go in and get an MRI. Believe it or not, it was actually kind of satisfying, Fighting is a 24-hour a day job. Even your rest is for your work. Your food is for your work. Everything you do is for your work, so there is literally no rest when you’re fighting. I’d had like 6-7 months of work straight and I kind of knew if I beat Faber, I’d be pushing through four more months of straight working. Of course it sucked to lose. I’m not saying it was nice to lose, but it is nice to have a little bit of a break. I never like to lose. Not when it comes to building my career, but in building my life, it’s nice to have a breath of fresh air and relax a little bit. I feel like it solidified in my mind after I fought Urijah that I am not supposed to fight with a game plan, Every single time I’ve done that, I’ve failed in some way. Urijah did great, but the problem wasn’t him, it was me. Fights are never as you expect, so I believe that’s the last time I will do that and customize myself. I’m just going to trust myself and the skills God’s given me. That’s how I’ve gotten success, and that’s how I’m meant to do things. I just have to make sure my hand is at full strength before jumping in again, I love fighting, but I just have to make sure I’m healthy and can do it before breaking my body in the process.”

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