|Born||Jason Anthony MacDonald
June 3, 1975
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Other names||The Athlete|
|Residence||Red Deer, Alberta, Canada|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Team||Pure Fitness/Gracie Barra Calgary|
|Rank||1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jason Anthony MacDonald (born June 3, 1975) is a retired Canadian mixed martial artist who is best known for his two stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a middleweight. He is also a veteran of the Maximum Fighting Championship and TKO Major League MMA in his native country of Canada.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
MacDonald made his UFC debut on October 10, 2006, at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter against the favored The Ultimate Fighter 3 finalist Ed Herman. In an upset, MacDonald won the bout via triangle choke in the first round. MacDonald followed up the performance with a win over The Ultimate Fighter 1 veteran Chris Leben via modified guillotine choke in the second round. Both victories earned Submission of the Night honors.
MacDonald failed considerably in competition at UFC 68 with a match-up against Rich Franklin in his first appearance since losing the UFC Middleweight Championship to Anderson Silva. Franklin mounted MacDonald in the final seconds of round two, causing enough injury to MacDonald's left eye area that his corner advised him to throw in the towel, and Franklin was declared the winner.
MacDonald fell back back back from the defeat at UFC 83, defeating Joe Doerksen via TKO (elbows) in the second round and earning a $75,000 bonus for Knockout of the Night in the process. A small controversy erupted after MacDonald landed two hammerfists after it appeared the fight had been stopped. In an interview the day after the fight, MacDonald explained that the referee had instructed him to continue fighting and had even apologized to him for his error in judgment.
At UFC 87, MacDonald faced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stand-out Demian Maia. The fight took place almost completely on the ground, with MacDonald escaping numerous submission attempts. Ultimately in the third round, Maia locked in a rear naked choke for the victory.
Only a month later, MacDonald went on to fight as a replacement for Jason Day at UFC 88. He won against Jason Lambert at 1:20 of round two by rear naked choke, earning his third Submission of the Night bonus.
MacDonald followed up with a bout at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale against Wilson Gouveia. MacDonald lost the fight via submission due to elbows after being dropped with a glancing left jab by Gouveia and pounded on for the stoppage.
Despite earlier suggestions from Dana White that MacDonald's position in the UFC roster was safe despite his recent lack of success, the UFC released MacDonald several weeks later. Matchmaker Joe Silva commented that the door would be left open for MacDonald to return should he earn a few more victories in smaller promotions.
At the MFC 21 event on May 15, 2009, MacDonald announced that he was returning to the Canadian promotion Maximum Fighting Championship. He fought Travis Lutter in the main event of MFC 22 on October 2, 2009, losing a unanimous decision.
On April 23, 2010, MacDonald defeated former UFC and IFL veteran Matt Horwich via unanimous decision in the main event of the very first Let's Get It On MMA tournament event.
Return to the UFC
MacDonald returned to the UFC and faced up and coming wrestler John Salter on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113, replacing an injured Nick Catone. After 2:42 of the first round, MacDonald's leg broke during a takedown attempt by Salter and the fight was stopped, declaring Salter the winner by TKO due to injury.
MacDonald formally retired from MMA on February 28, 2013.
MacDonald owns and runs his own gym, Pure Fitness & MMA, located in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He also runs his own fight promotion called Pure Fighting Championship. He manages a number of Canadian professional MMA fighters, including Ryan Machan, Evan Sanguin, George Belanger and Derek Clark.
Jason is also a CrossFit Trainer, and works for CrossFit HQ co-teaching the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification course.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|41 matches||25 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||25–16||Tom Lawlor||KO (punch)||UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier||May 15, 2012||1||0:50||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||25–15||Alan Belcher||Submission (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||1||3:48||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||25–14||Ryan Jensen||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 129||April 30, 2011||1||1:37||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||24–14||John Salter||TKO (leg injury)||UFC 113||May 8, 2010||1||2:42||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||MacDonald suffered a leg injury during a takedown attempt from Salter|
|Win||24–13||Matt Horwich||Decision (unanimous)||LGIO MMA 1: MacDonald vs Horwich||April 23, 2010||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||23–13||Vernon White||Submission (triangle choke)||W-1 MMA 4: Bad Blood||March 20, 2010||3||2:12||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||22–13||Solomon Hutcherson||Decision (split)||MFC 23||December 4, 2009||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||21–13||Travis Lutter||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 22||October 2, 2009||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||21–12||Nate Quarry||TKO (elbows)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||1||2:27||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||21–11||Wilson Gouveia||Submission (elbows)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale||December 13, 2008||1||2:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–10||Jason Lambert||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 88||September 6, 2008||2||1:20||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Won Submission of the Night|
|Loss||20–10||Demian Maia||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 87||August 9, 2008||3||2:44||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||20–9||Joe Doerksen||TKO (elbows)||UFC 83||April 19, 2008||2||0:54||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||19–9||Yushin Okami||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 77||October 20, 2007||3||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||19–8||Rory Singer||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC 72||June 16, 2007||2||3:18||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Loss||18–8||Rich Franklin||TKO (corner stoppage)||UFC 68||March 3, 2007||2||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||18–7||Chris Leben||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 66||December 30, 2006||2||4:03||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won Submission of the Night|
|Win||17–7||Ed Herman||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night Ortiz vs Shamrock 3 – The Final Chapter||October 10, 2006||1||2:43||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||16–7||Neil Berry||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 10: Unfinished Business||September 8, 2006||1||1:39||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||15–7||Fritz Paul||Technical Submission (kimura)||ECC 3: East Coast Warriors||July 22, 2006||1||2:14||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Win||14–7||Jerry Spiegel||TKO (punches)||ECC 2: Collision Course||June 30, 2006||2||0:33||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Win||13–7||Gideon Ray||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Cage Combat 1||April 29, 2006||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||12–7||Patrick Cote||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 9: No Excuses||March 10, 2006||5||1:55||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||12–6||Kalib Starnes||TKO (punches)||National Fighting Challenge 5||November 25, 2005||1||4:37||North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||12–5||Joe Doerksen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Cage Wars 3||October 22, 2005||4||4:37||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||11–5||Chris Fontaine||Submission (rear naked choke)||MFC 8: Resurrection||September 9, 2005||2||2:12||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||10–5||Shonie Carter||Decision (unanimous)||TKO 21: Collision||July 15, 2005||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||10–4||Marvin Eastman||Decision (unanimous)||WEF: Sin City||May 20, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Jason Brilz||Decision (split)||KOTC:: Edmonton||April 16, 2005||2||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||10–2||Matt Horwich||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Fighting Challenge 3||October 16, 2004||1||N/A||Prince George, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||10–1||Antony Rea||Submission (scarf hold armlock)||Absolute Fighting Championships 8||May 1, 2004||1||2:22||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–1||Ulysses Castro||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Adrenaline Fighting Championships 1||July 24, 2003||2||2:49||Langley, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||8–1||Bill Mahood||TKO (punches)||MFC 7: Undisputed||May 31, 2003||2||3:02||Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||8–0||Jeromie Sills||Submission (triangle choke)||MFC 6: Road To Gold||February 22, 2003||1||1:54||Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||7–0||Yan Pellerin||Submission (heel hook)||MFC: Unplugged||November 29, 2002||1||N/A||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||6–0||Cameron Brown||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 5: Sweet Redemption||September 21, 2002||2||4:09||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||5–0||Shannon Ritch||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 4: New Groundz||June 1, 2002||1||2:45||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||4–0||Chris Peak||Submission (keylock)||MFC 3: Canadian Pride||March 3, 2002||1||1:54||Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||3–0||Bill Mahood||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||MFC 2: Rumble at the Jungle||November 24, 2001||3||1:17||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||2–0||Shane Biever||Submission (choke)||Northern Lights Out||April 30, 2000||1||N/A||Alberta, Canada|
|Win||1–0||Ken Manderson||Submission (armbar)||Punch and Crunch||December 18, 1999||1||N/A||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
- "Goulet, Hironaka, MacDonald and Maia earn UFC 83 bonuses". mmajunkie.com. April 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
- "MacDonald Discusses Big Win". sherdog.com. April 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-21.
- "Jason MacDonald confirms he's been cut from UFC's roster of fighters". MMAJunkie.com. May 4, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
- Steven Marrocco. "Source: Jason MacDonald will face John Salter at UFC 113 in May". MMAjunkie.
- "Jason MacDonald Makes Return From Broken Leg vs. Rafael Natal at UFC 124". mmafighting.com. 2010-10-06.
- "Jason MacDonald out, Rafael Natal faces newcomer Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 124". mmajunkie.com. October 20, 2010.
- "Belcher vs. MacDonald added to UFC Fight Night 25". mmajunkie.com. May 26, 2011.
- "UFC targets event for May 15 at Virginia's Patriot Center, possibly UFC on FX 3". mmajunkie.com. January 25, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Jason MacDonald Retires From MMA". TopMMANews.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
- MacDonald has been on parental leave the last nine months from his job as a corrections officer at a medium-security federal institution in Bowden, Alta., after wife Kelly gave birth to daughter Jett. MacDonald and his wife also have two sons: eight-year-old Tristin and five-year-old Keel.
- On Friday morning our little girl arrived, weighing in at nine pounds, five ounces. We named her Tru.