The Curious Case of Jason MacDonald’s UFC Retirement

Written by Tom Ngo
May 16th, 2012

UFC Jason The Athlete MacDonald

As a professional athlete, nothing can prove more difficult than accepting the fact that the game has passed you by and it’s time to retire. For a fan, nothing is more heartbreaking than watching a fighter do it when it’s far too late.

However, nothing is more awkward than seeing a mixed martial artist’s retirement be announced for him when he hasn’t yet decided to hang up his MMA gloves.

After Jason MacDonald’s (Pictured) 50-second knockout loss to Tom Lawlor on Tuesday, host Jay Glazer reported on FUEL TV’s post-fight show that MacDonald had called it a career. At 36 years of age and having lost three of his last four bouts, with all of those defeats coming in devastating fashion, it would make sense if MacDonald decided to walk away – but it’s not true.

“To set record straight following #UFConFUEL3, @jaymac185 never said he’s retiring. Tough break last night. Hope to see him back soon,” the UFC’s Canadian Twitter posted Wednesday morning.

MacDonald is in his second stint with the UFC. “The Athlete” made his Octagon debut in 2006 and won only half of his 10 fights. After working his way back up the ranks in the minors, he returned in 2010 but has posted a meager 1-3 mark in his comeback.

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