Medical issues recently discovered on David Michaud have forced him to retire from MMA and withdraw from his upcoming PFL fight, as announced on Thursday.
Michaud addressed the public through Twitter on Thursday, saying he was diagnosed with a “congenital bicuspid aortic valve with dilated aortic root.” Per Michaud, this puts him at risk of having an aorta dilated, which he says “would be fatal under almost all circumstances.”
“For this reason I will not be able to fight Rory Macdonald on April 29th, and unless anything changes, ever again,” said Michaud.
Michaud’s April 29th bout against Rory MacDonald was scheduled to headline a PFL card, beginning the 2021 season for the welterweight division.
Michaud had previously competed in PFL’s 2019 season, putting together a record of three wins and one loss before losing via decision to Ray Cooper III in the grand finals.
Michaud has attained a pro MMA record of 18 wins and six losses since going pro in 2009.