One of Canada's greats has officially called it a career, as Jason MacDonald @jaymac185 tells sportsnet.ca he's retiring from MMA. #UFC
Sucks to hear. Jason was always one of my favorite fighters. Whenever a friend would say grappling in MMA is boring I would just show them MacDonald/Maia and that would quickly change their minds. Great pioneer for Canadian MMA. I guess he'll probably go back to being a prison gaurd.
ghost842 - I always liked his fights, just seemed like he could never get on a roll.
He was one fight away from a possible shot at Anderson early in his career in the UFC. Came in as the MFC champ, took out Herman and Leben with nice subs, and then was put up against Rich Franklin. His first 3 losses in the UFC came against guys who have competed for or held the belt. Franklin, Okami and Maia. I think one of the biggest problems with him is they fed that Franklin fight to him a little early. That's such a big jump from Leben, especially, Leben back then.
Jason MacDonald is a fucking warrior. I have had the pleasure if meeting him several times and the dude is all class. Best of luck to him and his gym up in Red Deer (Pure Fitness).
Also, I would love to see the UFC allow him an opportunity to come out of retirement to fight in front of his home province in Calgary. Come on Joe Silva, throw the man a bone for all of the good service to the organization, taking last minute fights to fill in for injured fighters, and putting on multiple 'of the night bonus' caliber performances.
Always a fan. He had a nice run at one point there. I've always heard that his development was seriously impacted because he never trained at a better camp. I suspect some if not all the reason was because he held down a full time job. In alot of ways that makes him more impressive to me.
grafzep - Always a fan. He had a nice run at one point there. I've always heard that his development was seriously impacted because he never trained at a better camp. I suspect some if not all the reason was because he held down a full time job. In alot of ways that makes him more impressive to me.
Yeah, I remember reading his leave of absence that he took at work recently expired as well (think he took a 3 year leave) . But yeah, I think him and his wife also own a Crossfit gym in Red Deer.