Jesse Bongfeldt replaces injured Jason MacDonald at UFC 124

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Jason MacDonald will have to wait a little longer to make his return to the Octagon as an undisclosed training injury has forced him out of a Middleweight bout against Rafael Natal at UFC 124 on December 11. Natal’s management group, Dominance MMA has announced that Lethbridge, Alberta native Jesse “Water” Bongfeldt who now trains out of Kenora, Ontario will replace MacDonald in the MW contest. Bongfeldt enters the UFC on a seven fight win streak and with a record of 21-6, Bongfeldt has never seen one of his fights go to the judges scorecards.

Bongfeldt is the former TKO Welterweight and RITC Middleweight Champion and has won twelve of his last thirteen contests with the lone defeat coming at the hands UFC veteran Jonathan Goulet. Included in his current seven fight win streak is win over current UFC Welterweight TJ Grant in 2008 in which he defended his TKO Welterweight Title. Bongfeldt has not fought since September of 2009 when he earned a quick submission victory of Canadian journeyman Nolan Clarke to capture the RITC Middleweight title.

Bongfeldt will join fellow Canadians Georges St. Pierre, TJ Grant, Joe Doerkson, John Makdessi and Mark Bocek ¬†as the Octagon makes it’s fourth stop at Montreal’s Bell Centre and his bout will remain on the unaired preliminary portion of the card.

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9 Responses to “ Jesse Bongfeldt replaces injured Jason MacDonald at UFC 124 ”

  1. Jason says:

    Dang, was hoping to see J-Mac back in the ring!

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  2. Jamie Locke says:

    I’m equally as satisfied, if not more so, to see the water bong in there.

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  3. Bigtoe says:

    To have your first fight in over a year, not to mention your first fight for the UFC against world class fighter, the odds are not in his favor… I wish Jesse the best but this isn’t TKO or RITC, he better be training hard!

    Does anyone know why he hasn’t seen action in over a year? There’s no shortage of MMA events or MW competion.

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  4. CR says:

    If you read J Mac’s blog on Sportsnet, he indicated last week already that his ankle was giving him trouble in training and he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to fight. I’m not surprised he can’t do it.

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  5. mmafan says:

    Jesse Bongfeldt has not fought in the last year because he has been doing trades school. He has an mma gym in Kenora, ON. and has still been actively involved in mma through teaching and coaching his fighters, so it’s not like he was totally out of the game.

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  6. David Letourneau says:

    So happy to see jesse finally make it there this is long over due, ive personally trained with jesse and he is the real deal and belongs in the ufc. good luck jesse

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  7. bigtoe says:

    I would like to see Kang back in there, in my opinion he is better than Jesse and has faced much better competition…

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  8. Thanks for the clarification CR… best to let that mend fully and properly before stepping back into the octagon!

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  9. vayne says:

    bigtoe. kang had his chance in the ufc and needs to put together another streak before he gets another shot.. agreed?

    bongfeldt has beaten good fighters in his day, looking at his sherdog now. beat tj grant, chris clements, jason st louis in under a minute, was dominating goulet before he was mounted, beat kajan johnson, chris ade, chris fontaine,

    nobody in canada outside of the ufc could likely give him a tough fight anywhere from 170-205 other than ryan ford or nick penner, both of which I think bongfeldt would out hustle, jesse would tko ford on the feet and out wrestle penner to a sub

    give props where its do. always nice to see more canadians in the UFC, especially one as hard working and down to earth as Bongfeldt

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