UFC veteran Jason 'The Athlete' Macdonald announces retirement

by James Brydon |

Longtime UFC middleweight fighter Jason (The Athlete) MacDonald has retired from mixed martial arts.

The Red Deer, Alta., fighter told Sportsnet.ca that he informed the UFC of his decision on Thursday.

The 37-year-old, who was born in New Glasgow, N.S., has a career MMA record of 25-16, but lost his last two fights. He first joined the UFC in October 2006.

MacDonald, a highly-skilled Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, was a fan favourite in Canada, particularly in the western provinces.

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sgotwalks site profile image  

3/2/13 6:34 PM by sgotwalks

I fired him an email letting him know the love was being shown here. I'm sure one of these days when he sifts through his mail he will click on the link and appreciate all the kind words. It's well earned and well deserved.

Kneeblock site profile image  

3/2/13 6:32 PM by Kneeblock

Great fighter who put on some great shows.

outtap site profile image  

3/2/13 6:22 PM by outtap

I thought he was supposed to be on TUF 1 as well.

GSP24 site profile image  

3/2/13 5:03 PM by GSP24

Starnes was on Season 3. J-Mac was supposed to be on TUF 1.

Mike Russell site profile image  

3/2/13 5:00 PM by Mike Russell

Actually, it was supposed to be Jason instead of Kalib Starnes, but Starnes beat him.

MountainMedic site profile image  

3/2/13 4:35 PM by MountainMedic

Guy is 100% legit. If got out with his health more power to him.Loved watching him fight

Vitor the Taxi Driver Belfort site profile image  

3/2/13 4:18 PM by Vitor the Taxi Driver Belfort

The exceptional Ginger..

Cementhead site profile image  

3/2/13 2:32 PM by Cementhead

Great fighter. TTT for the athlete!!!

UGCTT Molsonmuscle360 site profile image  

3/2/13 12:48 PM by UGCTT Molsonmuscle360

I just looked at that card....How come someone that beat Nick Thompson decided to call it a career after that one fight?  That seems pretty weird to me.

plasticonoband site profile image  

3/2/13 2:33 AM by plasticonoband

TTT for a great career!