Jason MacDonald

Jason Anthony MacDonald (born June 3, 1975) is a Canadian former mixed martial artist. A professional from 1999 until 2013, he is perhaps best remembered for his two stints in the UFC, but also fought for King of the Cage, and the Maximum Fighting Championship. Known for his grappling skills, 19 of his 25 career wins came by way of submission.

Jason MacDonald
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BornJason Anthony MacDonald
(1975-06-03) June 3, 1975 (age 46)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada
Other namesThe Athlete
ResidenceRed Deer, Alberta, Canada
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach80 in (203 cm)
Fighting out ofEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
TeamPure Fitness
Gracie Barra Calgary
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active1999–2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission19
By decision3
By knockout6
By submission5
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

MacDonald began his career in local Canadian promotions, including the MFC, racking up a 16-7 professional record which included wins over UFC veterans Joe Doerksen, Gideon Ray, and Bill Mahood.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

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 lost 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.

At UFC 72, MacDonald rebounded from his loss to Franklin with a second-round TKO victory over Rory Singer. This marked his third victory over The Ultimate Fighter veterans.

At UFC 77, MacDonald faced Yushin Okami, who was coming off a loss to Franklin in a title contention elimination bout. MacDonald lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

MacDonald fell 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.[1] 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.[2]

At UFC 87, MacDonald faced Brazilian 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.

At UFC 97, MacDonald suffered a first-round TKO loss to Nate Quarry due to elbows from a mounted position.

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.[3]

Post-UFC ReleaseEdit

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.

Jason MacDonald faced TUF 3 competitor and fellow UFC veteran Solomon Hutcherson at MFC 23 defeating him by split decision giving MacDonald his fifth victory over a TUF competitor.

On March 20, 2010, MacDonald replaced Denis Kang in the main event of W1 Bad Blood. He defeated Vernon White in the 3rd round via triangle choke.

On April 23, 2010, MacDonald defeated Matt Horwich via unanimous decision in the main event of the very first Let's Get It On MMA tournament event.

Return to the UFCEdit

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.[4] 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 was scheduled to face Rafael Natal on December 11, 2010, at UFC 124,[5] but pulled out of the fight after suffering an injury in training.[6]

Nearly a year after his last bout, MacDonald fought and submitted Ryan Jensen via first-round triangle choke at UFC 129 on April 30, 2011.[7]

MacDonald faced Alan Belcher on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25, losing via verbal submission due to strikes in the first round.[8]

MacDonald faced Tom Lawlor on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[9] He lost the fight via KO in the first round. On February 28, 2013, MacDonald announced his retirement from MMA, leaving his UFC record standing at 6-8.[10]

MMA BusinessEdit

MacDonald owns and runs his own gym, Pure Fitness & MMA, located in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.[11] 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.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

MacDonald and his wife Kelly have four children, sons Tristin and Keel and daughters Jett and True.[13][14]

Jason is also a CrossFit Trainer, and works for CrossFit HQ co-teaching the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification course.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
41 matches 25 wins 16 losses
By knockout 3 6
By submission 19 5
By decision 3 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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
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 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 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: Liddell vs. Ortiz December 30, 2006 2 4:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 17–7 Ed Herman Submission (triangle choke) 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 Won the vacant AFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
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


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  6. ^ "Jason MacDonald out, Rafael Natal faces newcomer Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 124". mmajunkie.com. October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/mma/2011/01/07/macdonald_return/
  8. ^ "Belcher vs. MacDonald added to UFC Fight Night 25". mmajunkie.com. May 26, 2011. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "UFC targets event for May 15 at Virginia's Patriot Center, possibly UFC on FX 3". mmajunkie.com. January 25, 2012. Archived from the original on January 28, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  10. ^ "Jason MacDonald Retires From MMA". TopMMANews.com. February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.purefitnessmma.com
  12. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/bios/macdonald_jason/
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "On Friday morning our little girl arrived, weighing in at nine pounds, five ounces. We named her Tru". Archived from the original on 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  15. ^ http://fcfighter.com/post/afc-8-results

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