Rory MacDonald injured and out of UFC 158, Johny Hendricks faces Carlos Condit

Another injury has forced surging Welterweight Rory MacDonald from his highly anticipated rematch versus Carlos Condit at UFC 158. Apparently MacDonald suffered a serious back and neck injury while training for the bout. With the unfortunate news, Johny Hendricks will replace MacDonald, leaving his former opponent Jake Ellenberger without a fight for the time being. MacDonald’s manager was on hand to discuss the facts with MMA Fighting:

“Unfortunately late last week during a training session, Rory suffered a severe neck and back strain,” MacDonald’s manager Lex McMahon told MMAFighting.com. “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.”

“Unfortunately late last week during a training session, Rory suffered a severe neck and back strain. 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.”

Fans may remember that MacDonald was forced to postpone his bout against former champion BJ Penn late last year due to a serious cut above his eye. While this injury is completely unrelated, one has to hope that MacDonald has not become injury plagued as he seeks to climb to the top of the Welterweight ladder.

Of course his friend, mentor, and training partner Georges St-Pierre is the long-standing champion of that division, and the two have publically said they will not face one another in the Octagon. St-Pierre is set to face Nick Diaz at the March 16th showdown, and perhaps both GSP and MacDonald would have been on a collision course with each other had they both won impressively that night.

Now, MacDonald’s rise will have to wait. Let’s hope that this year doesn’t continue the trend of neverending card-killing injuries. 



  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Bruce-Lee/ Bruce Lee

    I like this match up. I suspect Johny will have a tougher time with a more elusive and fleet of foot Condit. Condit FTW.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Godsofwararise/ godsofwararise

      Yeah, Condit is significantly tougher (and probably a worse matchup) than Ellenberger was. Hendricks just seems to have the shittiest luck, at this rate even if he wins he'll get passed over for the title shot, so that we can see GSP against Frankie Edgar or some other random fight.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rabble/ rabble

        GSP wouldn't be able to handle Edgar's pace, willpower, determination, and HEART! FRANKIE EDGAR IS A CHAMPION AND HAS THE HEART OF A CHAMPION! WAR EDGAR!

        -not Joe Rogan.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rock'em-Sock'em/ Rock’em Sock’em

          Does "rabble" stand for random babble?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Baby-Ads/ Baby Ads

      condit will sleep if he goes toe toe withe the bearded man. Johnny has some serious power.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cyren16/ cyren16

      I'd like to see Kos fight Jake and move Hardy to fight Lowler.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Enjoylife321/ enjoylife321

    ..Interesting that the UFC didn't find an alternate matchup for Condit and leave the Hendricks and Ellenberger matchup alone. Now two of the scheduled fights are being replaced on the main card not one.

    Martin kampmann or damien Maia would be decent replacements

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Brian-Cox/ Brian Cox

      @ Enjoy

      Good point. I love the Damian Maia suggestion. That would have been a great fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Kevin/ Kevin

    Hendricks wins gets him #1 Contender. Condit wins, he still faces Rory.

    Makes sense.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ripstic5021/ ripstic5021

      Many people considered Hendricks a serious top 3 contender right now. Having beat Rory already and having a win over Diaz, if Condit beats Hendricks he deserves another shot at the title. Why would he still have to rematch Rory? That makes no sense at all.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ripstic5021/ ripstic5021

        If Condit wins this, Hendricks should fight Rory.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Kevin/ Kevin

        Agreed, however; in the end despite Lorenzo, this is Dana's world. Only way I see Condit get an immediate rematch is with by emphatic KO over Hendricks.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Brian-Cox/ Brian Cox

    Well that really sucks. My biggest hope is that Rory is okay and this in no-way-shape-or-form effects his long-term health or effects him as a fighter.

    With that said, I think Condit is Condit and Hendricks just got a tougher fight. I'll pick Carlos in this one. I owe him one anyway for the GSP fight.

    Cool. This should be a great fight. Carlos is a smart fighter, tough guy, high-finishing rate, comes out of the notoriously tough Jackson camp, good game-planner, great ground fighter, lots of cardio, killer instinct, great stand-up and has KO power. He needs a win. A win over Hendricks puts him right back on the path to a re-match with GSP.

    Hendricks has great wrestling, big KO power, an aggressive style, cardio, a true belief in himself and wind-in-his-sail and he's hungry. He knows if he can win, particularly if it's by way of a big KO, that it'll be a big statement and will raise his profile significantly. A loss, flushes a lot of hard work down the drain.

    This will be a battle between need and want. I think Condit's need will end up being greater than Hendricks's want.

    It would be ironic if the KO power puncher himself was KO'd by Condit.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Diamond-mma2/ diamond-mma2

    at some point i want to see Erik Silva vs Carlos Condit

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ripstic5021/ ripstic5021

    I really didn't think Carlos Condit should have to rematch Rory Mcdonald anyway, I didn't see the point especially with how stacked the division is. Hendricks vs Condit though… I have a feeling Condit is going to be a little to illusive and quick for Hendricks. This should be a great fight either way.

    I'm calling it right now Condit by 3rd round knockout. Hendricks will get a bit tired and bit frustrated and get caught trying to reach in and go for the KO. Hendricks has great power but we have really yet to see his chin tested and you can never forget about Condit's finishing ability.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/SatelliteMan/ SatelliteMan

    I think this fight will be an excellent chance for Hendrucks to prove he belongs in the ring with gsp fight. A win will set him apart from the rest of the division. A loss may prove he's not ready to rule the division.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Yael-Brosh/ Yael Brosh

    bummer

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Photoseven/ photoseven

    testing

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Klubbheads/ Klubbheads

    I remember in after UFC 156 Woodley said he is ready to replace anyone from the welterweight card. I think he would be a great replacement or if they think its to early for Woodley to fight Condit, then put him against Jake Ellenberger. Woodley had an amazing performance against Heiron at 156 and i wouldn't mind seeing him fight top level talent.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Klubbheads/ Klubbheads

      Jake got Nate Marquardt as a replacment. Cool matchup aswell.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/GianGiacommo-G/ GianGiacommo G

    I assume that Big Rig will get the next title shot if he beats Condit,was looking forward to the Rory vs Carlos rematch but this is still a very good fight,Marquardt vs Ellenberger on the same card too,cannot believe Nate's back at so quick,Juggernaut won't be an easy one on his 1st fight back in the UFC.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    Rory MacJerkOff suffered a serious neck and back injury by bending over too far to kiss his own ass one too many times…….

    Well, Rory, time for some recuperation and some serious sweater shopping.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Def_tac Def_tac

    If Johnny wins this one there is no denying he is the number one contender. Not saying he didn't fight game opponents.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/KeithFarrell/ KeithFarrell

    What is up with these young guys getting injured?
    It seems that all the best young guys; Aldo, Pettis, Cruz and Rory can't get 2 fights in a row without either getting injured in camp or being injured during the fight!

    In the fight it is out of their hands put they commonly have their fights cancelled or delayed due to them being injured.
    I thought this was suppose to be the new breed of MMA fighters who do everything right? Obviously not because they aren't being careful enough.

    No ill will towards MacDonald, I really like him but I think he has pulled out of 4 or 5 fights since UFC 120… that is shockingly bad.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Entity/ Entity

    Sorry Mike but I dont see a back and neck strain as a "serious injury"…little headline Baiting? lol

    • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MereDictum/ MereDictum

      He was quoting his management you dork.