David Michaud out of PFL headliner with Rory MacDonald; heart condition could force retirement

PFL is getting ready to kick things off this month. After having 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Pro Fight League has been gearing up for a major 2021 season. One of the division’s generating the most buzz has been the welterweight division.

The welterweight season is set to kick off on April 29th and PFL was putting forth a phenomenal main event to kick things off. One of the big storylines in 2020 was the PFL signing of former UFC and Bellator fighter, Rory MacDonald (21-6-1).

MacDonald didn’t get to compete last year, but many have been anxious to see him back. PFL was throwing a great fight at him right away by having him take on the 2019 runner-up in David Michaud (18-6).

However, we now know that the fight is not taking place. It’s not just that the fight isn’t taking place, but David Michaud might never compete in PFL and mixed martial arts ever again.

Today, Michaud took to Twitter to announce that he wouldn’t be competing at PFL‘s event on April 29th due to a heart condition. The heart condition is severe enough where Michaud may never compete again.

PFL’s Next Steps

David Michaud had a three-fight run in the UFC back in 2014/2015. However, it was his run in PFL that saw him really find himself in the sport of mixed martial arts.

When Michaud made his debut in the 2019 season, he was finished in the first 20 seconds. While it was certainly not the way he wanted to start his PFL journey, Michaud didn’t give up.

He went on to win three consecutive fights. That landed him with a shot at Ray Cooper III and one million dollars in the PFL finals. Ultimately, Michaud came up short and Cooper got the second round TKO win.

However, Michaud had been working extremely hard and wanted to show off his skills this season. PFL gave him the biggest fight possible, but due to this condition, we may never see him compete again.

Your heart has to feel for Michaud. At this time, there is no word from PFL on what they are planning on doing. They will likely add another welterweight to their season, but we could see a shifting in the opening matchups to keep MacDonald in the main event slot on April 29th.

PFL announces welterweight matchups including Rory MacDonald – David Michaud

The 2021 PFL season is getting ready to kick off next month. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen the promotion announce the opening matchups for many of their weight classes including the men’s lightweight division.

The first round of lightweight matchups is headlined by the anticipated matchup between Anthony Pettis and Clay Collard. Today, PFL announced the welterweight matchups that will kick off on April 29th.

The headliner of the 4/29 card is the welterweight matchup between Rory MacDonald (21-6-1) and David Michaud (18-6). Michaud is no stranger to the PFL ring. He competed in the 2019 PFL season.

Michaud was stopped in his first fight against Sadibou Sy in just 17 seconds. However, after that fight, Michaud would rattle off three consecutive wins that put him in the PFL season finale against Ray Cooper III.

Ultimately, Michaud was stopped in the second round and came up short in his opportunity to capture PFL gold. Well, the 2019 runner-up gets the biggest matchup in the opening round of the 2021 season.

MacDonald’s PFL Debut

On April 29th, Rory MacDonald will be making his highly anticipated PFL debut. MacDonald is already a veteran of the UFC and Bellator and now he will be trying out the Pro Fight League for the 2021 season.

We haven’t seen MacDonald since he lost to Douglas Lima back at Bellator 232 in October of 2019. That was the final fight on MacDonald’s Bellator contract and the talented welterweight started exploring his options.

In the end, MacDonald decided to sign with PFL for their 2020 season. Of course, the season never happened after COVID shut everything down. Now, more than a year later, MacDonald finally has his PFL debut set.

Rory MacDonald looked like he was going to be the next great superstar in MMA. MacDonald grew up in the sport competing in all areas of martial arts. He was considered to be a new-breed MMA fighter and his mentor was Georges St. Pierre.

However, MacDonald never fully lived up to expectations. MacDonald came within a round of becoming UFC champion, but Robbie Lawler pulled off a rally TKO. MacDonald did become a champion in Bellator, but he couldn’t put together a long reign.

Now, the 31 year old starts off on his new journey with PFL. Considering the length of his career, it’s shocking to think MacDonald is only 31. I’m very excited to watch him compete in this upcoming PFL season. A refreshed Rory MacDonald could mean trouble for the Pro Fight League welterweights.