Michael McDonald scored a big-time win at Bellator 202 when he knocked out Eduardo Dantas in the first minute of the first round.
The victory, though, came at a price for the former UFC title challenger.
McDonald injured his hand, but after further examinations, he might avoid surgery.
“A bone in my hand near my wrist was shattered into multiple pieces when I was finishing the fight,” McDonald wrote. “Although the break is severe, the pieces of the bone are still 80% in their original placement. So I don’t need surgery to correct the alignment at this time.
“We are going to let it heal naturally for 6 weeks and then assess it afterward. The doc says surgery after the 6 weeks pass could still be an option, but this will be our ‘step one’ attempt to fix the hand.”
McDonald, who turned 27 years old earlier this year, improved to 19-4 with a finish in his second Bellator fight. He also topped Peter Ligier last December when he returned to action for the first time since July 2016 with the UFC.
In 2013, McDonald challenged Renan Barao for the interim UFC bantamweight title, falling via fourth round submission when he was caught in an arm-triangle choke. The knockout of Dantas – a former Bellator champion – was the first finish for McDonald on his feet since a 2012 KO of Miguel Torres.