If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen Michael McDonald fight lately, it’s because the bantamweight has been sidelined with injuries. So much so, in fact, 2014 will go by without seeing the dynamic fighter compete.
Earlier in the year, McDonald was dealing with a hand injury, and now it was reported on this week’s “UFC Tonight” that the 23 year-old recently underwent wrist surgery. According to the show’s correspondent, Ariel Helwani, McDonald hopes to return to action in spring, 2015.
“Mayday” hasn’t fought now since last December, when he was submitted by Urijah Faber in the second round. Prior to the loss, McDonald tapped out Brad Pickett in August, 2013. The only other man to defeat McDonald in the UFC is former champ Renan Barao, and the California fighter has gone 5-2 in the Octagon.
So, hopefully McDonald returns to action sooner than later. While the bantamweight division is stacked with talent, the UFC could always use its #5th ranked, 135’er, who also happens to be one of the division’s most promising fighters.
Helwani also reported on the show that Ovince St.Preux is apparently hoping to fight Phil Davis next. “OSP” recently rebounded from his decision loss to Ryan Bader in August, by quickly putting away “Shogun” Rua on November 8th.
Davis is looking to fight in the near future, but the light-heavyweight reportedly doesn’t care who he faces next. The decorated wrestler is coming off a unanimous decision win over Glover Teixeira last month, and is currently ranked #5 at 205. St-Preux is sitting at #9.
Could that fight happen? Possibly. Most of the other top light-heavyweights are booked for fights. Evans is the only fighter raked above Davis who isn’t scheduled for a bout currently, but he already decisioned “Mr. Wonderful” in 2012 and is still recovering from a knee injury.
If OSP-Davis does happen, then clearly the latter would have more to lose than gain, by fighting the lower ranked fighter.