Michaud withdraws from PFL Tournament, cites newly-discovered heart condition

The 5'9", 170lbs. Lakota welterweight fighter from Pine Ridge has fought for several MMA productions

photo courtesy: David Michaud, via Facebook

RAPID CITY, S.D. — 32-year-old MMA fighter David Michaud announced on Thursday that he has been forced to withdraw from his April 29 fight against former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald due to a newly-discovered heart condition.

Michaud wrote in a Facebook post, “After multiple tests on my heart including a Cardiac MRI and talking with multiple Cardiologists, I have been informed that I got a bad ticker. I have a congenital bicuspid aortic valve with dilated aortic root. Unfortunately I was born with this and because of the dilation of the aorta, contact sports put me at risk for an aortic dissection which is a tear in the aorta. That would be fatal under almost all circumstances.”

The 5’9″, 170lbs. welterweight fighter from Pine Ridge has fought for several MMA productions, including the UFC, Bellator, LFA, and recently, the PFL. His record puts him at 18 wins, six losses. He made it to the finals in the season two welterweight tournament and won three out of four bouts before losing to Ray Cooper III in the finals. Michaud went pro in 2009 and was on season 16 of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

His diagnosis is likely spells the end of his fighting career.

Michaud said in the announcement, “For this reason I will not be able to fight Rory Macdonald on April 29th, and unless anything changes, ever again.”

Officials with the PFL have not made a formal announcement yet about Michaud’s withdrawal or who will replace him in the fight against MacDonald.

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