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Mayday! Former title challenger granted release from the UFC

Mayday! Former title challenger granted release from the UFC

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?

Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres set for UFC 175

Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres set for UFC 175

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The UFC’s annual Independence Day weekend card just keeps growing stronger, as officials announced today that former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will meet Alex Caceres in a bantamweight bout at the July 5 event.

The UFC’s #2 ranked bantamweight, Urijah Faber (30-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC), is coming off a February title fight loss to champion Renan Barao. Prior to the loss, “The California Kid” had strung together four-straight victories, which included wins over Michael McDonald, Iuri Alcantara, Scott Jorgensen and Ivan Menjivar respectively.

Meanwhile, Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres (10-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has won four of his past five fights, with his lone blemish being a no-contest, this after a split-decision win over Kyung Ho Kang was overturned when he tested positive for marijuana. Caceres’ most recent effort saw him score a third-round submission victory over the highly touted Sergio Pettis at the UFC on FOX 10 event in Chicago. That victory earned “Bruce Leeroy” two “Performance of the night” awards, resulting in $100k in bonus money.

UFC 175 takes place Saturday July 5 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pay-per-view card is headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring champ Chris Weidman taking on former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. In the co-main event, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against surging Canadian contender Alexis Davis.

UFC 175 now includes the following contests:

  • Champ Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida – Middleweight title fight
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis – Women’s bantamweight title fight
  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Alex Caceres vs. Urijah Faber
  • Matt Mitrione vs. Stefan Struve
  • Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos
  • Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich
  • Ildemar Alcantara vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Be sure to come watch this star-studded UFC event this July live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Faber vs. McDonald booked for UFC on FOX 9, Grant vs. Pettis targeted

Faber vs. McDonald booked for UFC on FOX 9, Grant vs. Pettis targeted

By: Chris Taylor

It was recently announced that the UFC will return to Sacramento, California this December for UFC on FOX 9. The event will hopefully be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and T.J. Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), depending on the health of Pettis.

Pettis is coming off a spectacular first-round submission victory over Benson Henderson, which earned “Showtime” the UFC lightweight belt in his hometown of Milwaukee at UFC 164. Prior to defeating “Smooth”, Pettis earned KO victories over Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.

Meanwhile, Canadian T.J. Grant was expected to challenge Henderson at UFC 164, but a concussion suffered in training forced him to withdraw from the event, giving Pettis the opportunity to fight for the title. Grant’s most recent octagon appearance came at UFC 160, where he TKO’d Gray Maynard in the first-round.

Also on the card, in the evenings co-main event, will be a key bantamweight match-up between Urijah Faber (29-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Michael “Mayday” McDonald.

Both fighters were recently in action at the UFC’s first-ever event on FOX Sports 1, where Faber picked up a gritty decision win over tough-as-nails Brazilian Iuri Alcantara and McDonald looked unbeatable in a stunning second-round stoppage of the always game Brad Pickett.

UFC on FOX 9 takes place December 14 live from Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena (formerly ARCO Arena). The night’s main card will air live on FOX, following the prelims on FOX Sports 1.

Be sure to catch this awesome event live at Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu or Kalapaki Joe’s Lihue!