I feel like the MMA community misses a lot of boats when it comes to jokes, like there is just something missing from the collective that prevents them from seeing the comic gold that is right before their eyes. Some of that comic gold is within UFC fighter Michael McDonald. If you hear the name Michael McDonald and the first thing you think about isn’t the singer, I question you. Not because Michael McDonald the singer is good, but just because it’s funny.
Anyway, Michael McDonald, the UFC fighter, has been the talk of the town this week as he made an offhand statement that he’s abstinent and that he likes it that way. Ariel Helwani caught up with him and pressed him a bit further on it and he said something that would make most of us feel ill to our stomachs because, well, sex is a very normal, healthy part of an adult life and abstaining from it “just because” seems like a very unnatural thing to do. [source]
“Yes and no (surprised by reaction). I am very proud of my abstinence. There was a time when it wasn’t even in my vocabulary. I’ve lived on both sides of the fence. People ask me, ‘Is it for your religious beliefs? Is it for your athletic believes? Why do you do this?’ I found it a little, wow, that people approached it and reacted to it almost the same as me saying, ‘Oh, I went three and a half years without food.’ Like I said, I lived on both sides of the fence and I know what God says and I decided that’s what I’m going to do because God says it. I’ve lived on both sides of the fence and now being on this side of the fence I just see that my life is better for it. I said I want to do this because God says it and after I did it I said, ‘This is, it’s great. It’s good.’ My life is better like this and I made the choice to stay this way and to keep it this way.”