Michael McDonald (MMA fighter)
Michael Robert McDonald (born Modesto, California, United States) is a retired American mixed martial artist. McDonald competed in the Bantamweight division of the UFC, where he challenged for the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship at 22 years of age. He also competed in the Bantamweight division of Bellator MMA before retiring following another hand injury.January 15, 1991 in
|Born||Michael Robert McDonald|
January 15, 1991
Modesto, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Modesto, California, United States|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2007 - 2018|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
McDonald started training in kickboxing at the age of ten, turned to mixed martial arts at 13, started his amateur career at 14, and turned professional at 16 in 2007. He also has two brothers who have professional careers in mixed martial arts. His older brother Justin Smitely is currently signed with Bellator MMA. He trains at Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts with the Last Stand Fight Team. McDonald graduated in 2009 from Grace M. Davis High School where he was voted Best Athlete and Most Likely to Succeed.
He gained notable wins on the regional circuit defeating WEC veteran Manny Tapia and former WEC Featherweight Champion, Cole Escovedo. Against the latter, McDonald later avenged his only professional defeat, which also earned him the Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight title with a second-round KO. In the summer of 2010, he was listed as one of the top rising stars under the age of 25.
World Extreme CagefightingEdit
In September 2010, at age 19, McDonald became the youngest fighter on the Zuffa roster when he signed with the WEC. He defeated Clint Godfrey via first round submission in his promotional debut on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
McDonald was expected to face Nick Pace on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24. However, Pace was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Edwin Figueroa. McDonald won the fight via unanimous decision. The fight was highly entertaining with both fighters exchanging strikes and submission attempts throughout the entire fight and earned Fight of the Night honors.
McDonald was expected to face Johnny Eduardo on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. However, Eduardo was forced from the card with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Soto. McDonald defeated Soto via first-round KO, earning Knockout of the Night honors. McDonald clipped Soto with a counter right hand and then swarmed Soto with a flurry of punches against the fence, forcing the referee to stop the bout just 59 seconds into the first round.
On December 4, 2012, UFC President Dana White announced that the UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz had reinjured his ACL requiring surgery and would be out for 6–9 months. McDonald faced the UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barão on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald. McDonald was competitive with capable take-down defense and crisp boxing - particularly in the first two rounds - but ultimately succumbed to Barão's more diverse skillset as he mixed in knees and kicks standing together with take-downs. Barão secured an arm-triangle choke at 3:57 of the fourth round, forcing the tap from McDonald.
McDonald faced Brad Pickett on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26. He dominated the first round, almost finishing Pickett with strikes before gaining a second round submission victory with a triangle choke. The win also earned McDonald his first Submission of the Night award, and he and Pickett earned the Fight of the Night bonus award as well.
McDonald faced Urijah Faber on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9. After a back and forth first round, Faber stunned McDonald in the second with a flurry of punches, McDonald went to the canvas and Faber jumped on him and finished the fight by submission due to a guillotine choke.
After being sidelined for all of 2014 and 2015 nursing a litany of injuries, including hand and wrist surgeries, McDonald returned to face Masanori Kanehara on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195. He won the fight via submission in the second round, after nearly being submitted himself by an arm-triangle choke in the preceding sequence of the fight. The win also earned McDonald his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
On March 16, 2017, McDonald announced that he was parting ways with the UFC due to their dealing with him "very dishonestly and disrespectfully." On March 24, 2017, McDonald announced he signed a deal with Bellator MMA.
McDonald made his promotional debut on December 15, 2017 at Bellator 191 against Peter Ligier. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
McDonald next faced former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas on July 13, 2018 at Bellator 202. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. McDonald suffered a broken hand in the bout, leaving McDonald questioning whether his career would continue.
McDonald announced his retirement from professional MMA competition on September 27, 2018.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Tachi Palace Fights
- TPF Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||19 wins||4 losses|
|Win||19–4||Eduardo Dantas||KO (punches)||Bellator 202||July 13, 2018||1||0:58||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||18–4||Peter Ligier||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 191||December 15, 2017||3||5:00||Newcastle, England|
|Loss||17–4||John Lineker||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016||1||2:43||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||17–3||Masanori Kanehara||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 195||January 2, 2016||2||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||16–3||Urijah Faber||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2||December 14, 2013||2||3:22||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||16–2||Brad Pickett||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||2||3:43||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Submission of the Night. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||15–2||Renan Barão||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald||February 16, 2013||4||3:57||London, England||For the interim UFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||15–1||Miguel Torres||KO (punches)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||1||3:18||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||14–1||Alex Soto||KO (punches)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||1||0:56||San Jose, California, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||13–1||Chris Cariaso||Decision (split)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–1||Edwin Figueroa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis||March 26, 2011||3||5:00||Seattle, Washington, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Clint Godfrey||Submission (armbar)||WEC 52||November 11, 2010||1||2:42||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–1||Cole Escovedo||KO (punches)||TPF 5: Stars and Strikes||July 9, 2010||2||1:12||Lemoore, California, United States||Won the TPF Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||9–1||Manny Tapia||TKO (punches)||TPF 3: Champions Collide||February 4, 2010||1||4:31||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||8–1||Carlos Garces||TKO (punches)||TPF 1: Tachi Palace Fights 1||October 8, 2009||1||2:01||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Cole Escovedo||TKO (punches)||PFC 13: Validation||May 8, 2009||2||2:25||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||7–0||Jason Georgianna||TKO (punches)||PFC 12: High Stakes||January 22, 2009||1||2:38||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Randy Rodoni||KO (punch)||Gladiator Challenge 86: Day of the Dead||November 2, 2008||1||0:47||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Fernando Arreola||Submission (D'Arce choke)||Gladiator Challenge 84: Bad Blood||September 7, 2008||1||3:49||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Javier Vargas||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 81: Lights Out||July 27, 2008||1||1:38||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Steve Frano||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 78: No Limits||May 18, 2008||1||1:17||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Dominic Pena||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Gladiator Challenge 76: Alpha Dog Challenge||March 17, 2008||1||1:12||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Joe Corona||Submission (triangle choke)||Gladiator Challenge 71: Lock-N-Load||November 11, 2007||1||1:17||Porterville, California, United States|
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- "Fight Path: Training since age 10, TPF champ Michael McDonald besting family tradition". mmajunkie.com. July 15, 2010.
- "Michael McDonald Davis High Alumni". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "The Top 25 MMA Fighters Under The Age Of 25". bleacherreport.com. July 21, 2010.
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- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012.
- "Michael McDonald vs. Nick Pace targeted for UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle". mmajunkie.com. January 11, 2011.
- "Edwin Figueroa Replaces Nick Pace at UFC Fight Night 24, Faces Michael McDonald". mmaweekly.com. March 16, 2011.
- Thomas, Luke (2011-03-26). "UFC Fight Night 24 Results: Michael McDonald beats Edwin Figueroa in a thrilling scrap". sbnation.com. Retrieved 2011-03-26.
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- "McDonald replaces injured "Kid" Yamamoto, meets Cariaso at UFC 130". mmajunkie.com. April 28, 2011. Archived from the original on May 2, 2011.
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- "UFC 139 bonuses: McDonald, Faber, Henderson, 'Shogun,' Silva, Le earn $70K awards". mmajunkie.com. 2010-11-20. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22.
- "UFC 145: Miguel Torres vs Michael McDonald fight announced". mmamania.com. January 20, 2012.
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- "Renan Barao-Michael McDonald title fight set for UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London". mmajunkie.com. December 6, 2012.
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- Martin, Damon (2015-11-09). "Michael McDonald returns to face Masanori Kanehara at UFC 195". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
- Alexander, Mookie (2014-11-20). "UFC bantamweight Michael McDonald aims for spring 2015 return following wrist surgery". bloodyelbow.com.
- Brookhouse, Brent (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Michael McDonald gets slick comeback tapout of Masanori Kanehara". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
- Staff (2016-01-03). "UFC 195 bonuses: Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit win obvious 'Fight of Night' award". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
- Critchfield, Tristen (2016-05-18). "John Lineker, Michael McDonald booked for UFC Fight Night South Dakota co-main event". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- Brookhouse, Brent (2016-07-14). "UFC Fight Night 91 results: John Lineker's power shuts down Michael McDonald in first round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
- Michael McDonald (March 16, 2017). "Heres some news for ya lol". facebook.com.
- Brett Okamoto (March 24, 2017). "Former UFC title contender Michael McDonald signs with Bellator MMA". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
- Steven, Marrocco (2016-07-13). "Bellator 202 results: Michael McDonald KOs ex-champ Eduardo Dantas in 58 seconds". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
- Straus, Mike (July 14, 2018). "Bellator 202's Michael McDonald Feels Like Life Is Flashing Before His Eyes After Another Hand Injury". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
- "Michael McDonald announces retirement". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-28.