According to a report Thursday on ProMMAInsider, Jason MacDonald has decided to call it a career. He informed the UFC of his decision on Thursday. The Canadian fighter retires with a 25-16 record, and a 6-8 record in his 14 fights within the UFC.
Known as “The Athlete,” MacDonald had lost his last two fights, and at the age of 37-years-old, perhaps he saw the writing on the wall. He made his first appearance inside of the Octagon back in 2006.
He gained a bit of notoriety within the UFC for his tendency to beat previous contestants from The Ultimate Fighter. In his debut, he squared off against the favored Ed Herman. He was able to win that fight by triangle choke, earning a submission of the night bonus for his troubles.
In his next appearance, he once again faced a veteran from The Ultimate Fighter. This time, the popular Chris Leben fell victim to a modified guillotine choke, again earning Jason MacDonald a submission of the night bonus. This was his second such award in as many appearances within the UFC, a feat which caught the attention of fans and executives alike.
Rich Franklin was his next opponent, and it represented a large step up in talent level. MacDonald was not up to the task, losing by TKO in the second.
Rebounding nicely, he fought Rory Singer his next time out. This time, he won with a TKO, giving him three wins in his first four appearances inside the Octagon.
He also took out talented fighters Joe Doerksen, Jason Lambert, and Ryan Jensen during his time in the promotion. His last fight was a loss to Tom Lawlor, in which he suffered a KO inside of the very first round.
Jason MacDonald's career began way back in 1999 with a victory over Ken Manderson. He was able to run off eight straight victories before suffering his first loss at the hands of Bill Mahood, a fighter he had beaten in a previous encounter.