David Michaud (born November 10, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of Professional Fighters League. A professional competitor since 2009, he formerly competed for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, the UFC and Titan FC.

David Michaud
BornDavid Michaud
(1988-11-10) November 10, 1988 (age 31)
Pine Ridge, South Dakota, United States
Other namesBulldawg
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170.8 lb (77 kg; 12 st 3 lb)
Reach72.0 in (183 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofGlendale, Arizona, United States
TeamThe Lab
Years active2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission5
By decision4
By knockout3
By submission1
By decision2
UniversitySouth Dakota State University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Michaud, who is an Oglala Lakota Native American, was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Michaud competed in wrestling, football, and baseball at Pine Ridge High School.[2] Michaud won All-State honors in football, was an All-Conference selection in baseball, and in wrestling, Michaud finished first for 189 lbs. his senior season and also had a second-place finish as a sophomore. Overall, he held an overall high school record of 91-19 and went 15-1 during his senior season. Michaud was also the valedictorian of his reservation high school graduating class and held a 4.0. Michaud originally went to South Dakota State University to play football, but eventually turned his attention to wrestling after competing in only two matches his freshman year. Michaud was also a standout academically.[3][4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Michaud competed as a Light Heavyweight and Middleweight as an amateur, winning Ring Wars Championships in both divisions and compiling a record of 4-1. He began his amateur career at age 15.

Michaud then made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2009 competing as a Welterweight in regional promotions across The Dakotas. Michaud compiled a record of 4-0, before auditioning for The Ultimate Fighter in 2012.[5][6]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Michaud appeared in the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter 16. Michaud lost via submission (arm-triangle choke) against Eddy Ellis during the entry round.[7]

After TUF Michaud returned to the regional scene in The Dakotas, where he was able to string together a three-fight win streak, before being signed by the UFC.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Michaud made his promotional debut, as a short notice replacement for an injured Danny Mitchell and faced Li Jingliang at UFC 173.[9] Jingliang defeated Michaud split decision.[10]

Michaud faced Garett Whiteley in a Lightweight bout on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[6][11] Michaud won the fight via unanimous decision.[12][13]

Michaud faced Olivier Aubin-Mercier on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186.[14] He lost the fight via submission in the third round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[15][16]

Bellator MMAEdit

On July 10, 2018, it was announced that Michaud had signed a contract with Bellator.[17] He faced Corey Davis at Bellator 204 on August 17, 2018 and won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 18 wins 6 losses
By knockout 9 3
By submission 5 1
By decision 4 2
Draws 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–6 Ray Cooper III TKO (body kick and punches) PFL 10 December 31, 2019 2 2:56 New York City, New York, United States 2019 PFL Welterweight Final..
Win 18–5 Glaico França Decision (majority) PFL 7 October 11, 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2019 PFL Welterweight Semifinal bout.
Win 17–5 John Howard Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00 2019 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout.
Win 16–5 Handesson Ferreira TKO (punches) PFL 4 July 11, 2019 1 4:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 15–5 Sadibou Sy TKO (liver kick and punches) PFL 1 May 9, 2019 1 0:17 Uniondale, New York, United States 2019 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout.
Win 15–4 Christian Aguilera TKO (punches) Legacy Fighting Alliance 59 February 1, 2019 1 4:14 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 14–4 Fernando Gonzalez Trevino TKO (punches) Combate Americas- Mexico vs. USA October 13, 2018 2 1:07 Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 13–4 Corey Davis KO (punches) Bellator 204 August 17, 2018 1 1:42 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 12–4 Tyler Milner Submission (rear-naked choke) Sparta Combat League 63 October 28, 2017 1 2:01 Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Loss 11–4 Ciro Rodrigues TKO (punches) Legacy Fighting Alliance 19 August 18, 2017 1 1:57 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 11–3 Jake Lindsey TKO (injury) Legacy Fighting Alliance Fight Night 1 April 29, 2017 3 1:14 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 10–3 Cody Wilson KO (punch) EB: Beatdown 20 March 18, 2017 3 0:15 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Loss 9–3 Dhiego Lima Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 39: Cavalcante vs. Healy June 10, 2016 5 5:00 Coral Gables, Florida, United States For the Titan FC Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Chris Hugh Submission (guillotine choke) RFA 37 April 15, 2016 1 1:44 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Loss 8–2 Olivier Aubin-Mercier Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 186 April 25, 2015 3 3:24 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 8–1 Garett Whiteley Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 7–1 Li Jingliang Decision (split) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Carey Vanier Submission (guillotine choke) Dakota FC 17 January 11, 2014 1 4:30 Fargo, North Dakota, United States Catchweight bout of 160 lbs.
Win 6–0 Ian Stonehouse Submission (rear-naked choke) Victory FC 2 November 2, 2013 2 3:00 Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Win 5–0 Mark Scudder Decision (unanimous) Victory FC 2 June 1, 2013 3 5:00 Rapid City, South Dakota, United States Catchweight bout of 175 lbs.
Win 4–0 Derek Abram TKO (punches) Crowbar MMA June 25, 2011 1 4:04 Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Win 3–0 Cody Skidmore TKO (punches) Fury Fights 8 October 3, 2009 1 0:42 Brookings, South Dakota, United States
Win 2–0 Bryant Craven Submission (kimura) EDP: Vindication September 26, 2009 1 1:56 Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Win 1–0 Curtis Johnson TKO (punches) Fury Fights 7 April 25, 2009 1 0:40 Brookings, South Dakota, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Dos Santos vs. Miocic". UFC.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux fighter set for new matches".
  3. ^ "David Michaud - 2010-11 - South Dakota State University". gojacks.com.
  4. ^ "Lakota Country Times". Lakota Country Times.
  5. ^ Thomas, Luke (2012-08-30). "FX announces list of fighters vying for 'The Ultimate Fighter' Season 16 roster spot". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  6. ^ a b Gerbasi, Thomas (2014-12-10). "David Michaud: Pine Ridge's Fighting BullDawg". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  7. ^ Staff (2012-09-15). "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 16: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  8. ^ Simon, Zane (2014-05-03). "Welcome to the UFC David Michaud". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  9. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2014-05-01). "'TUF 16' vet David Michaud signed to UFC, meets Jingliang Li at UFC 173". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  10. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2014-05-24). "UFC 173 results, photos: Jingliang Li earns split with David Michaud". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  11. ^ MMA Fighting Newswire (2014-10-10). "David Michaud drops to lightweight, meets Garett Whiteley at UFC on FOX 13". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  12. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2014-12-13). "UFC on FOX 13 results: Bloodied David Michaud outlasts Garett Whiteley". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  13. ^ Native Sun News Staff (2014-12-19). "Native Sun News: Pine Ridge's David Michaud wins fighting match". indianz.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  14. ^ Cruz, Guilherme (2015-01-17). "Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway among latest additions to UFC 186 card in Montreal". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  15. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2015-04-25). "UFC 186 results: Olivier Aubin-Mercier taps gritty David Michaud in third round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  16. ^ Boone, Matt (19 October 2015). "17 Additional Fighters Released From UFC". mmanews.com. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  17. ^ Mike Bohn (July 10, 2018). "UFC vet David Michaud, 'TUF' contestant Jason Jackson debut at Bellator 204". mmajunkie.com.

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