Bantamweight Michael McDonald is granted release from UFC
Ask and ye shall receive usually isn’t part of the UFC’s scope of business
Former UFC Bantamweight Michael “Mayday” McDonald, spoke to Brett Okamoto from ESPN and he’s confirmed he’s asked for and was granted a release from his UFC contract. McDonald is only 26 years old and carries a professional record of 17-4 into whatever is next for him.
Bantamweight Michael McDonald (@MaydayMcDonald) has informed me he asked for and secured his release from the UFC. More on this soon.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 16, 2017
At one point, Michael was ranked as high as number 3 in the UFC and challenged for the Interim title against Renan Barao, a fight he lost via submission in the fourth round back at UFC on Fuel 7 in 2013. Since that time, he’s gone 2-2 with losses to John Lineker and Urijah Faber. His reason for leaving the UFC are because he felt the promotion was “dishonest” in his dealings with him. He had this to say.
“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. 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.”
I’m pretty certain Michael won’t have a difficult time in finding a new home. He’s a young, talented fighter and would be a benefit to any fight promotion.
Learn a bit about Michael McDonald.