Rory MacDonald’s manager, Lex McMahon, confirmed with MMAFighting.com that a neck and back strain suffered in training has forced the fighter out of a planned UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz match with Carlos Condit.
“Unfortunately late last week during a training session, Rory suffered a severe neck and back strain,” McMahon said. “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.”
MacDonald (14-1) called for a rematch with Condit after defeating BJ Penn late in 2012. He was defeated by Condit at UFC 115 in 2010.
“Rory is very upset that he will not be able to face Carlos Condit at UFC 158,” McMahon said, “but is looking forward to getting back to training as soon as possible.”
Condit will now meet Johny Hendricks on the March 16 card from Canada.