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Rory MacDonald Injured, Carlos Condit to Face Johny Hendricks at UFC 158 [UPDATED]


(MacDonald would have likely earned a title shot with a win over Condit, and has now gone down with an “undisclosed” injury. Methinks something foul is afoot.) 

Thus far, 2013 has been a year surprisingly bereft of injuries, at least in the MMA community. Sure, there have been a couple of withdrawals here and there, but a UFC 151- level crisis? Nothing of the sort. And while we can be thankful that the first major injury of 2013 isn’t anywhere near as devastating to the upcoming UFC 158 card as Hendo’s was to UFC 151, it still leaves the card without a co-main event and minus a key rematch in the welterweight division.

We are talking, of course, about Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit, who were set to meet for the second time at UFC 158 in a rematch of their thrilling brawl at UFC 115. Unfortunately, news broke earlier today that MacDonald has gone down with an undisclosed injury and will be forced to delay his shot at redemption, if he receives it at all. MMAFighting reports:

According to multiple sources close to the fight, MacDonald suffered an undisclosed injury in training recently, which has forced the young Canadian fighter to withdraw from his fight against Condit at UFC 158.

No opponent has been signed to replace MacDonald against Condit next month. As of now, he is still expected to compete on the card.

When questioned on what he thought could be the possible cause of his injury, MacDonald reportedly exclaimed, “Stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now,” before quickly exiting the room to “return some videotapes.” A strange turn of events indeed.

[UPDATE #1]

It is now being reported that Condit will in fact face Johny Hendricks in MacDonald’s absence — arguably just as interesting a matchup as Condit/MacDonald II in our opinion. Arguably. This move has left Jake Ellenberger without a dance partner for UFC 158, as a replacement opponent has yet to be named.

We will update you on Ellenberger’s sitauation as soon as the details are made available.

[UPDATE #2]

According to BleacherReport, MacDonald suffered a neck injury. And according to MMAJunkie’s John Morgan, final Strikeforce welterweight champ Tarec Saffiedine was originally offered the replacement fight against Condit, but he turned it down, which means he just incurred the wrath of a certain “mean little f*cker.”

-J. Jones

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mookiestick- February 19, 2013 at 8:31 am
I'm bummed about Rory not being able to fight on this card. I don't think anyone in the UFC is scred of anyone in the UFC. They fight tough-ass motherf*ckers for a living. That's more than I can say for myself. I sit here at a computer all day and I wouldn't know a fight if it hit me in the face...literally.
mma4ever- February 19, 2013 at 7:46 am
I aggree exept for the mashing of Rorys grill.just flip it and then ur 100% correct sir.
Thumblaster- February 19, 2013 at 5:52 am
As a condit fan I thought he was fighting for redemption almost as much as rory. Condit got the worse of the exchanges on their feet and was getting lit up on the ground.condit lost the first 2 1/2 rounds. I think condit would have alot more respect for macdonalds game this time around and would have hopefully smashed in rory's bizzare looking grill.
mma4ever- February 19, 2013 at 5:11 am
To say that Rory is scared is down right retarded. And also there condit beat him only in the last of the round so once again retarded. The ito shit that u say is gay so have a shitty day and please go away...
Nippletwist- February 19, 2013 at 2:30 am
Rorys not hurt he's scared. He's scared to fight everyone right now. Condit wouldve just whooped him again anyway. Macdonald is so overrated he needs to go fight some more lightweights. Hendricks screwed again.
RearNakedSpoon- February 19, 2013 at 2:17 am
This is a total clusterfuck. So Condit is most likely going to win and then what? Demien Maia jumps the queue for the next shot at GSP?
smellypiratehooker- February 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm
Try getting reservations at dorsia now you fucking prick!!
kentmurr410- February 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm
Bummper Man!
The12ozCurls- February 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm
@ReX. ---- Is hooker synanomous with gigolo? Also, were they Beta-Max videotapes?
BlueDaBaDee- February 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm
Would like to see T-Wood knock Ellenberger out.
ReX13- February 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm
i would have commented here earlier, but I got hung up with some hooker while returning some videotapes.
The Highest Primate- February 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm
My money is on Woodley stepping in against Ellenberger, he said he was ready to step up for 158 after the quick finish last time.
beef_kurtains- February 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm
Meh. The second fight would've ended the same way as the first minus the ridiculous contention that Rory won anything in that first fight or that it was thrilling.

A single takedown per round doesn't win shit I don't care what goldie exclaimed between rounds.
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