Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MacDonald Pulls out of UFC 158 with Injury, Condit to Face Hendricks Instead

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MacDonald Pulls out of UFC 158 with Injury, Condit to Face Hendricks Instead

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MacDonald pulls out of UFC 158 with injury

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An injury has forced Montreal welterweight Rory (Ares) MacDonald out of his UFC 158 co-main event with Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit next month.

Instead Condit will face Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks on the March 16 card at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Hendricks had been slated to meet Jake (The Juggernaut) Ellenberger on the same show. Ellenberger (28-6) will now face former Strikeforce champion Nate (The Great) Marquardt.

"Unfortunately late last week during a training session, Rory suffered a severe neck and back strain," MacDonald's manager Lex McMahon said in a statement Monday night. "Rory is in a great deal of pain and has a very limited range of motion in his neck.

"Rory consulted a doctor and was advised that he will need to take three to four weeks off from training while he rehabs the injury. Rory is very upset that he will not be able to face Carlos Condit at UFC 158, but is looking forward to getting back to training as soon as possible and fighting the UFC's top competition."

The withdrawal is a blow to the 23-year-old Canadian who had campaigned to fight Condit.

The New Mexico-based Condit (28-6) handed MacDonald (14-1) the only loss of his pro career at UFC 115 in Vancouver in June 2010.

MacDonald started strong but faded and the fight was stopped with just seven seconds remaining. Viewers may disagree but MacDonald says he was humiliated.

"Because I was just laying there getting beaten on," he said in December. "My face looked like I was a guy from 'The Goonies' after. I was embarrassed, I was embarrassed about my performance and how I held myself. It did a lot of damage and I don't think I've been the same person since. So I want to get that back."

He moved to Montreal from Kelowna, B.C., after the loss, to train with coach Firas Zahabi, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and other elite fighters at the Tristar Gym.

MacDonald has won four straight since. And he had momentum on his side after dominating former champion B. …

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