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Jason MacDonald’s Surgery Successful; Says He Is Invited Back to the UFC When He Heals Up

(MacDonald giving new meaning to "The agony of defeat.")

In his blog today,  UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald details the surgical procedure he underwent to to repair the gruesome injury he sustained in his UFC 113 fight with John Salter this past Saturday night in Montreal. According to "The Athlete," surgery took three times longer than expected because the damage was worse than x-rays initially revealed, but he is optimistic he’ll be back fighting by the fall.

(GIF of the break after the jump)

(The takedown that broke "The Athlete")

"I had three bad breaks — two on the joint of the fibula, the other was the tibia which was snapped clean off. The doctor explained to me the surgery took much longer than anticipated because he was having trouble keeping the ankle in the proper position because everything was so damaged. I ended up with 12 screws, four steel plates, which are permanent, and two bigger screws that are holding the ligament in place, which will hopefully be removed in three months.

Needless to say, I’ve been in the worst pain I’ve ever been in my entire life the past couple days. I’m trying as hard as I can to stay positive, let the healing process start and see where it goes from there. I’m pretty disappointed, but I know myself and I know I can recover from this and be back fighting, possibly even before the end of the summer, but more likely September-ish."

Some questions have been raised as to whether or not MacDonald will be invited back to the UFC after the loss, considering he was brought back by the promotion as a late replacement for fellow Canadian David Loiseau and is 0-3 in his last three fights, but the Red Deer, Alberta fighter says UFC matchmaker Joe Silva indicated that he will get another chance to earn a steady spot on the organization’s roster again.

"I spoke with Joe Silva that night and he relayed to me it was a freak accident and when it heals I would be given the opportunity to do it again. That makes me feel good. Now I just have to recover. The UFC has called me everyday since to touch base and see how I’m doing. It just goes to show they really do care about the fighters."

MacDonald also addressed the somewhat inappropriate celebration by Salter and pointed out another case of ineptitude demonstrated by the commission in Quebec, Régie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux (RACJ).

"Thinking back, it was pretty distasteful for John Salter to get up and celebrate like he had just beaten me convincingly, especially considering I had just kicked him in the face and he only won because we came down awkwardly.
But I wasn’t thinking about that at all at the time. I was pretty scared to be honest. There was a lot of confusion, the doctors came in to tend to me. Then Dan called my corner to come in to calm me down, but the commission wouldn’t let them come into the cage."

Maybe they figured the break was due to an old retribution injury from MacDonald’s days in the mob back in Nova Scotia where he grew up.

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Mr_Misanthropy- May 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm
How'd you get a GIF of the jump after the break? That dude must be a tough son-of-a-bitch.
paskhl- May 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm
@Almost North The same thing happened to me in high school too(17 yrs old)
I broke my chin bone and the smaller one beside it,and like you I had screws and metal plate(they're not there anymore tho!Got rid of'em!)But,even if it was just a leg,I've never been the same since(physically I mean).Theres always a fear there.
And I cannot watch a broken bone!CANNOT!When it happened to The Athlete,I had to close my eyes,no joke!(like a little girl)
The best of luck to him.
Smitty- May 12, 2010 at 11:56 am
Why 513???.........just why?
ReX13- May 12, 2010 at 11:12 am
Almost North>>> +1
Almost North- May 12, 2010 at 10:56 am
"The Worlds Most Dangerous Can"
513- May 12, 2010 at 10:53 am
There is no need to be envious of The Worlds Most Dangerous Man
justscrappin- May 12, 2010 at 10:51 am
I don't know if wandy can be arranged...but we could definitely get Shamrock...we just need 513 to stimulate the hair folicles on his left nut and he will show up.
ReX13- May 12, 2010 at 10:43 am
justscrappin>> i'm fine with this, as long as wandy is there to try to murder salter.
justscrappin- May 12, 2010 at 10:39 am
Maybe Salter trains at hammerhouse...where injuries off of takedowns are just as good as tko's.
513- May 12, 2010 at 10:32 am
Ken Shamrock will break macdonalds leg again
David_Banner- May 12, 2010 at 10:20 am
Hats off to Joe, Dana and Lerenzo for being good human beings. John Salter can go choke on a bulls giant testicles.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- May 12, 2010 at 9:21 am
for some reason i see his come back being "coteesque"
paskhl- May 12, 2010 at 9:21 am
And I forgot something;
"Maybe they figured the break was due to an old retribution injury from MacDonald's days in the mob back in Nova Scotia where he grew up."
Thats a good one(in reference with David Loiseau I suppose...)
Pretty good,since its the same commission(Quebec,where I come from and still live)
jimbonics- May 12, 2010 at 9:18 am
lolz @ airikr
paskhl- May 12, 2010 at 9:12 am
I feel so bad for Jason cuz thats not a "simple" kind of injury,it takes time,surgery,re-adaptation,etc...Plus,the fear never goes away!
I broke my leg a the same place as him,while playing baseball a few yrs back,call me a pussy,but it changed my life.
Since then,I've never been as good as I was in all kind of sports I was doing at the time!!A nightmare!
I know,theres worse thing in life than a broken leg,but when you're a physical dude,like him...
Good to you bro,hope you are tougher than me!
Almost North- May 12, 2010 at 9:12 am
Brass balls are banned under the unified rules. Its called the Frye Amendment.
airikr- May 12, 2010 at 9:11 am
I guess he can be proud of giving a new meaning to the term "athlete's foot".
GUI-uh-TEEN- May 12, 2010 at 9:10 am
This dude is tough as nails. I believe him when he said he was scared, who wouldn't be? But, you couldn't tell it by his reaction.

I swear if someone kicks him in the nuts during a fight, they'll have to take a few minutes to ice their foot from the brass this dude is packing.

Rest up the leg 'athlete' we'll see you in the fall.
Almost North- May 12, 2010 at 9:01 am
This is the EXACT leg break I had my senior year in high school. After it happened my ankle was swinging around like a ventriloquist dummy's foot. Half a damn hardware store installed in my leg. Hope you get better soon Jason, rehab is gonna suck bro.

oh and ol salty is still a bitch for that dance
nooger- May 12, 2010 at 8:59 am
Ken Shamrock had a better leg break.

OHH too slow 513
BONGTAR- May 12, 2010 at 8:59 am
Viva Hate- May 12, 2010 at 8:56 am
Good to hear it is going okay and he deserves to get another shot in the UFC, he only lost because of a freak injury, wasn't his fault. I say his first match back is a rematch with Salter, give him a chance to whoop ass over the celebration. Plus, he deserves a shot at how cool and calm he was pointing out the injury to the ref, somewhat impressive.
VisitingDeadAncestors- May 12, 2010 at 8:53 am
Get well man, that was some nastiness.
jimbonics- May 12, 2010 at 8:51 am
Godspeed little doodle.