McDonald: God wanted me to fight MMA

by Ben Fowlkes |

Michael McDonald, who fights Renan Barao for the Interim UFC bantamweight championship Saturday live on free TV, offers some insight on his faith and his fighting in a recent interview.

If God was responsible for making him a fighter, how can fighting be nothing more than a job, enquire the interviewer. If you believe that God made you something, and did it for a reason, how can that not be part of your identity? This is what prompted the following exchange, after the journalist asked if he didn't believe that God had made him uniquely suited to being a professional fighter:

McDonald: No. Not at all. I could do anything. I could be a UFC fighter. I could be a pastor. I could be a business administrator somewhere. I can do anything I want. This is just my job, it's not me. God made me a warrior, but he didn't make me a fighter in the UFC. I know who I am in Christ, and it has nothing to do with a belt.

Me: Do you think that God wants you to be a professional fighter?

McDonald: I really believe that God wanted me to do this work so I could shine a light where very few of them are. I never wanted to be here when I was growing up. It's something I was almost forced into, and I fell in love with it in the process. By the time I got old enough to realize what I was doing, it was kind of like wow, this is what I'm good at, and this is what God has placed in front of me, so this is what I'm going to do.

Me: So did you choose this, or do you think it was chosen for you in some way? If you're in this sport for a reason, was your place in it and your success predetermined?

McDonald: My philosophy on it can be summed up by the scripture that says man determines the path, but God determines his steps. What I did – and I know that I did do this – is I asked God for a hard life. I said, I want to do something special with my life. I asked Him for that very young. I said I don't want to do something normal. I want to do something special, something that will influence people and something with my life where I could say I had done something with it. I made that choice as a child, and because I made that choice, I believe God put me into this field.

So there you have it. It's a matter of choice. Kind of. At least, McDonald's effort to keep "pro fighter" from taking over his identity, that's a choice, and one he seems to be making consciously, and with a purpose.

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GSP24 site profile image  

2/18/13 11:06 AM by GSP24

Mayday is a good kid. So much to learn, so young and already so successful. I hope the best for him. He'll be back.

MMA Architect site profile image  

2/18/13 10:58 AM by MMA Architect

"share space with people like that"Were you abused by people of faith while growing up? You seem very angry, and I don't understand why people are like that towards the common religious person... in this instance, Christian.- The common religious person is not rounding up followers to persecute others (like Bin Laden, or other figures in history). - The common religious person may speak openly about their faith, perhaps evangelizes, but doesn't point their finger at non-believers in an effort to ridicule.I say this as an agnostic, who was raised catholic but never felt connected to the church or religion. However, my wife was raised Christian, and is a person of faith. And, her whole family is as well. And, knowing how important her faith is to her, our children have been raised to know faith. I'm not intimidated or fearful or angered by her faith, nor by my children being raised to be faithful. I know my wife will always cling to the hope that I come I accept God (and Jesus) because she cares about me. And, I'm thankful for that... for the knowledge that she cares.Why can't non-believers be thankful that others care enough about them to want that for them as well? 2 pennies worth

GelderdEnd site profile image  

2/18/13 4:47 AM by GelderdEnd

No it's true, he doesn't exist....honestly

officedrone23 site profile image  

2/18/13 12:24 AM by officedrone23

Because people with imaginary friends can vote, and that is scary and upsetting. If you have a relationship with an invisible man you have a sickness. It is troubling to have to share space with people like that and watch other rational people flounder while trying to be civilized towards them.

Brian Rule site profile image  

2/18/13 12:13 AM by Brian Rule

Jesus wanted him to give the thumbs upGod wanted him to tapJesus never taps brah

Joe_Drogan420 site profile image  

2/17/13 10:58 PM by Joe_Drogan420

God wanted McDonald to win, McDonald just didn't have enough experience to fight through the adversity and come out on top.Guy showed some kill, guts, and heart. Just needed to show more.

Gabby's grandma site profile image  

2/17/13 10:47 PM by Gabby's grandma

Fuck with each other but leave Mike alone. He is young and needs something to grab on to to give him strength to do what he does. Everyone grasps at something to get thru this life. He did a good job propelled by his belief in his choice of god. No, God probably does not care about UFC fighting, but many UFC fighters believe in some sort of God, it takes faith to get where they are. Laura Escovedo

youarewhatiswrong site profile image  

2/17/13 9:05 PM by youarewhatiswrong

^intolerance, not enterance, not sure where auto-correct came up with that.

youarewhatiswrong site profile image  

2/17/13 9:00 PM by youarewhatiswrong

It's not my religion, I am not a man of religion. I do not, however, have the blind hatred of men of religion that you do. You claim to hate religion for the enterance of some who have used the name of religion, but your speech shows the same intolerance and hatred. And you accuse me of a personal attack? I think suggesting that you shed the victim mentality is less of a peronal attack than calling someone a "fucking dolt."

Nick Fury site profile image  

2/17/13 5:20 PM by Nick Fury

You start off with a personal attack, and then dont touch on any of my points but the historical contributions of religion to science. lol Dude, a large majority of scientists back then lied about being religious, so they could practice science without being burned at the stake, also my point stands, if you think science and medicine would not be more advanced if it wasnt for religion, youre a fucking dolt, and then you say I solely attribute the "lulls" to it, is just sad. Learn to read. I like how you skipped that religion promotes hatred of women and gays, slavery, murder, etc. If your religion was true, there would be no argument, or other religions. Hell, Christianity has over 30 thousand different flavors or "denominations" itself. lol Keep believing a 2000 year old bronze aged book of contradictions, written by a bunch of desert dwelling illiterate goat fuckers, and I'll use science and reason.