UFC veteran and current Bellator MMA fighter Michael McDonald picked up a first round knockout win over former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 202.
While the win was a huge one for the bantamweight contender, it also came with its own set of problems.
That main problem came in the form of a hand injury suffered in that fight and now McDonald has to get another surgery to fix the problem.
It was through Instagram that McDonald revealed the news:
Here is the full statement that McDonald posted on Instagram:
My friends, I have news about my hand. Unfortunately the first attempt to fix my hand wasn’t as successful as we had hopes. We are going to move on with surgery after all. Not only did I shatter my bones in my hand but I also crushed it. I lost 1/4″ off my knuckle and pointer finger length which slightly misaligns and deforms my fist, which will be a huge danger for me to continue punching. We are going to try to fuse my hand bones together and all extend it back to the original length, along with adding a surgical steel plate for reinforcement.
It’s crazy to say…. But this could possibly still be only a portion of my recovery. The last bone fusion I had (on my right hand) was a 2 surgery process. One to add a steel plate and fuse the bone along with extracting bone marrow from another part of my body, and yet another surgery a month afterward to remove the steel plate and screws fro may hand since they were so close to the wrist.
My hand surgery is scheduled for August 30th in Las Vegas with the genius Dr. James Vahey. Praise God I have a wonderful wife who will take care of me during these crazy times. I couldn’t imagine if we had new born children and we had to deal with this craziness.
If you have a calendar and take practice in praying for people in need, please feel free to add it to you calendar on the 30th to pray for my health in surgery, my doctor’s steady hand, my wife’s care taking and my body’s acceptance of the surgery.
Thanks guys! I’ll keep you updates as time goes by. Shalom!
McDonald has only competed four times in the last five years, with the majority of that extended absence due to a frequently injured hand.
There is no word at this time as to how long the fight is going to be out of action for, but more should be known after the procedure is completed.