Don'Tale O'Neil Mayes[2] (born January 16, 1992)[3] is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Don'Tale Mayes
BornDon'Tale O'Neil Mayes
(1992-01-16) 16 January 1992 (age 32)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Other namesLord Kong
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight262 lb (119 kg; 18 st 10 lb)
Reach81 in (206 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
TeamJackson Wink MMA Academy
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision2
By disqualification1
No contests1
Other information
UniversityAncilla College
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Born and raised in Kentucky, Mayes begun training martial arts to discharge his aggression.[4] He initially picked up judo before transitioning to other disciplines as well.[5] In judo he claimed Kansas and Indiana state championships.[5] Mayes attended Ancilla College but did not receive a degree.[4]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

Mayes competed as an amateur from 2014 to 2015, compiling an undefeated 8–0 record.[6] Mayes then compiled a 3-1 professional record, winning the Hoosier FC Heavyweight Championship in only his second fight.[7] He was invited to participate in Dana White's Contender Series 8 of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Mayes faced Allen Crowder, losing by technical knockout in the third round.[8] He appeared twice more on the Contender Series, winning both fights by stoppage, earning his UFC contract on the second try.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Don'Tale Mayes made his UFC debut against Ciryl Gane on October 26, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren. He lost the fight by a heel hook in the third round.[10]

Mayes faced Rodrigo Nascimento on May 16, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris. He lost the fight via second round rear naked choke.[11]

Mayes faced Roque Martinez on November 14, 2020 UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Mayes was scheduled to face Tai Tuivasa on March 20, 2021, at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland.[14] However, Mayes was removed from the fight during the week leading up to the event for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Harry Hunsucker.[15]

Mayes faced Josh Parisian on December 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus.[16] He won the bout via TKO in the third round.[17]

Mayes was scheduled to face Justin Tafa on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277.[18] Tafa pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Hamdy Abdelwahab on July 18.[19] Mayes lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[20] However, the fight was later ruled a no contest after Abdelwahab was suspended by USADA, due to Abdelwahab failing to disclose a history of using Methenolone before joining the UFC and testing positive thereafter.[21]

Mayes faced Augusto Sakai on February 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 220.[22] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Mayes faced Andrei Arlovski on June 3, 2023, at UFC on ESPN 46.[24] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[25]

Mayes faced Rodrigo Nascimento in a rematch on November 4, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 231.[26] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Mayes is scheduled to face Caio Machado on April 27, 2024, at UFC on ESPN 55.[28]

Championships and accomplishments edit

  • Hoosier Fight Club
    • Hoosier FC Heavyweight Championship (One time)[7]

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 10 wins 6 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 2 2
By decision 2 2
By disqualification 0 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–6 (1) Rodrigo Nascimento Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Lewis November 4, 2023 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 10–5 (1) Andrei Arlovski TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Kara-France vs. Albazi June 3, 2023 2 3:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–5 (1) Augusto Sakai Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Muniz vs. Allen February 25, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 9–4 (1) Hamdy Abdelwahab NC (overturned) UFC 277 July 30, 2022 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Originally a split decision win for Abdelwahab; overturned after he tested positive for methenolone.
Win 9–4 Josh Parisian TKO (elbows) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus December 18, 2021 3 3:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–4 Roque Martinez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos November 14, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–4 Rodrigo Nascimento Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris May 16, 2020 2 2:05 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss 7–3 Ciryl Gane Submission (heel hook) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren October 26, 2019 3 4:46 Kallang, Singapore
Win 7–2 Ricardo Prasel TKO (punches) Dana White's Contender Series 20 July 16, 2019 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Nkemdirim Oti Submission (verbal) V3 Fights 71 November 17, 2018 3 2:15 Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States
Win 5–2 Mitchell Sipe TKO (punches) Dana White's Contender Series 15 July 31, 2018 2 4:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–2 Mohammed Usman Submission (rear-naked choke) VFC 60 April 14, 2018 3 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss 3–2 Allen Crowder TKO (punches and elbows) Dana White's Contender Series 8 August 29, 2017 3 4:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–1 Demoreo Dennis Decision (unanimous) LFA 9 April 14, 2017 3 5:00 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 2–1 Kenny Fredenburg DQ (illegal elbow) RFA 46: Johnson vs. Tucker December 9, 2016 1 2:06 Branson, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Arnold Adams TKO (submission to punches) Hoosier Fight Club 29 June 4, 2016 5 3:09 Hammond, Indiana, United States Won the Hoosier FC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 1–0 Harry Hunsucker TKO (submission to punches) Hardrock MMA 77 February 6, 2016 1 2:12 Shepherdsville, Kentucky, United States Heavyweight debut.


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  2. ^ "BoxRec: Don'Tale Mayes". BoxRec.
  3. ^ "Don'Tale Mayes ("Lord Kong")". Tapology.
  4. ^ a b "Don'Tale Mayes". Ultimate Fighting Championship. 14 September 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  5. ^ a b The MMA Report (August 27, 2017). Don'Tale Mayes on being considered top prospect and people underestimating his ground game – via Youtube.
  6. ^ "Don'Tale Mayes ("Lord Kong") | MMA Fighter Page".
  7. ^ a b "Top heavyweight prospect Don'Tale Mayes heads to RFA in December – ALL THINGS BRANSON and BRANSON TALK". Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  8. ^ Segura, Danny (August 29, 2017). "Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series 8 results: Allen Crowder, Lauren Mueller, Matt Frevola earn UFC contracts". Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  9. ^ ZAC PACLEB (2020-11-10). "DON'TALE MAYES IS STAYING PATIENT WITH HIMSELF". Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  10. ^ "UFC Singapore Results: Ciryl Gane Heel-Hooks Don'tale Mayes for Fifth Straight Win". Cage Side Press. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  11. ^ McClory, Mike (2020-05-13). "UFC on ESPN 8: Rodrigo Nascimento Discusses Debut Win, Chase Sherman Callout". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  12. ^ Nolan King (2020-10-14). "With Philipe Lins out, UFC shifts Don'Tale Mayes onto Nov. 14 card vs. Roque Martinez". Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  13. ^ Anderson, Jay (2020-11-14). "UFC Vegas 14 Results: Don'Tale Mayes Takes Roque Martinez the Distance". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
  14. ^ Farah Hannoun and Nolan King (2021-01-20). "Tai Tuivasa vs. Don'Tale Mayes added to UFC Fight Night on March 20". Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  15. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2021-03-17). "Tai Tuivasa gets Harry Hunsucker as new opponent for UFC on ESPN 21". Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  16. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-09-10). "Josh Parisian treft Don'Tale Mayes op 18 december". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
  17. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2021-12-18). "UFC Vegas 45: Don'Tale Mayes Dominates, TKO's Josh Parisian". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
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  19. ^ Nolan King (2022-07-18). "UFC 277 hit with multitude of withdrawals. Here's where the card stands less than two weeks away". Retrieved 2022-07-18.
  20. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2022-07-30). "UFC 277: Hamdy Abdelwahab's Wrestling The Difference Against Active Don'Tale Mayes". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
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  23. ^ Dewar, Val (2023-02-25). "UFC Vegas 70: Augusto Sakai Comfortably Beats Lackluster Don'Tale Mayes in Last Minute Co-Main Event". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-02-26.
  24. ^ Anderson, Jay (2023-05-04). "Andrei Arlovski Hits 40 Fights in UFC, Gets Don'Tale Mayes on June 3". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-05-05.
  25. ^ Martin, Damon (2023-06-03). "UFC Vegas 74 video: Don'Tale Mayes blasts Andrei Arlovski with brutal overhand right for knockout win". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2023-06-04.
  26. ^ Raghuwanshi, Vipin (7 August 2023). "Rodrigo Nascimento vs Don'Tale Mayes Rematch Targetted for UFC Nov 4". ITN WWE. Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  27. ^ Anderson, Jay (2023-11-04). "UFC Sao Paulo: Rodrigo Nascimento Starts Hot, Wins Decision Over Don'Tale Mayes". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2023-11-05.
  28. ^ King, Nolan (2024-02-19). "Matchup Roundup: New UFC, PFL, Bellator fights announced in the past week (Feb. 12-18)". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2024-02-19.
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