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By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC interim bantamweight title challenger Michael “Mayday” McDonald (17-4 MMA) has been granted an official release from his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship according to ESPN.

McDonald cited “dishonest” business practices as his reasoning for requesting to be released by the promotion earlier this month.

“The UFC was dishonest in the way they tried to do business with me and it’s resulted in a complete waste of my time,” McDonald told ESPN. “I want to feel like my employer isn’t out trying to cut my head off. I’m looking to enter a mutually respectful business contract with another fight organization.”

The 26-year-old, McDonald, was last seen in action in the main event of UFC Fight Night 91 this past July, where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to the heavy handed Brazilian John Lineker.

Lineker McDonald

“Mayday” went 6-3 during his nine-fight career with UFC.

The native of Modesto, California competed for the UFC’s interim bantamweight title against Renan Barao back in February of 2013, but ultimately lost that title fight via fourth-round submission (arm-triangle choke).

McDonald’s most recent victory came at UFC 195 in January of 2016, where he submitted Masanori Kanehara with a rear-naked choke in the fights second-round.

The UFC has yet to provide an official statement on McDonald’s release from their roster.

However, the promotion has confirmed that “Mayday” is now a free agent.

In his seventeen career victories, McDonald has racked up a whopping fifteen finishes including nine knockouts and six submissions.

Which promotion would you like to see “Mayday” compete for next?

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