One of the more difficult tasks of keeping track of active fighters in the UFC is hearing about injuries that don't happen in competition, or in preparation for an upcoming fight. If a fighter isn't pulling out of a bout, or hasn't just finished one, they most likely aren't talking about what part of their body isn't working right. Sooner or later, for a top 10 fighter and former title challenger like McDonald, people come knocking and asking questions. "When are you getting back in the cage? Why don't you have a fight announced?" Unfortunately for fans of the 23 year old California native, the answers are "I don't know," and "I'm not sure." He spoke to Fox Sports about the hand injury that's keeping him out of training and why doctor's still aren't exactly sure what's going on.
Interestingly, McDonald noticed the problem not during training but engaging in his other passion: woodworking. He realized that when he would pick up pieces of plywood, his right hand couldn't quite grip them with the same strength as his left. While a fracture was originally suspected by McDonald, it has since been ruled out, and the true cause is still under investigation. For now, the waiting game is on.
"There's a big bump on my hand, and when I start punching that's what starts hurting, is the bump on my hand," he told FOX Sports. "It's what's causing me to lose strength. The doctor thinks it's tendon damage. I think I have another month of rest from fighting before I can go in and get an MRI."
McDonald has no return date set as of yet, due to the still somewhat unknown nature of his injury. It doesn't sound like anything that will keep him sidelined for too long, however. And perhaps, for a 23 year old that's already been in the game for over six years, a few months off would be best all around.