Rory MacDonald was forced to pull out of a planned fight with Carlos Condit earlier this month after suffering a neck injury in training.
Now, as he continues to work his way back from a setback, MacDonald is targeting a return to action in the summer – assuming all goes as planned.
“It’s day to day working with his coaches and doctors. We’ll see where he is week to week, but it’s not anything that will keep him out, I don’t think for too long. Rory will be fighting top talent again very soon, but it’s honestly one of those things where we’re evaluating it every day to see how he’s improving,” said Lex McMahon, MacDonald’s manager from Alchemist MMA, in an interview with Bleacher Report. “We’re making sure that when he’s ready, he’s ready.”
With the sensitive nature of a neck injury, and MacDonald’s youth, the team is taking a slow approach to making sure he is 100-percent. McMahon added that planning another fight with Condit is “premature,” and said it depends on where he is at that point and what the UFC wants.
MacDonald’s call-out of Condit following his win over BJ Penn would seem to mean he really wants that fight. It’s one I think a lot of fans want to see again, as well, and could work for both fighters.