UFC bantamweight contender Michael McDonald has not stepped foot inside of the octagon since losing to Urijah Faber just a few weeks ago, and his wait for a new opponent will need to continue to be put on hold after McDonald noticed a hand issue while doing some wood working.
McDonald noticed some weakness in his hand and was forced to visit a doctor to attempt to figure out what is going when he learned that he will be out indefinitely.
McDonald noticed the problem not during training but engaging in 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.
“There’s a big bump on my hand, and when I start punching that’s what starts hurting, is the bump on my hand,” McDonald told Mike Chiappetta FOX Sports. “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.”
McDonald will attempt to come back in a big way and prove that he should still be a contender in the bantamweight division once he is 100 percent and heaeled u.