Michael
McDonald
16-3-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 8 fights.
Record: 16-3-0
Summary: KO Power, Good Guard, Adaptable to Any Fight

Fighter Info

Nickname: Mayday
From: Modesto, CA USA
Fights Out Of: Modesto, CA USA
Age: 23
Height: 5' 9" ( 175 cm )
Weight: 135 lb ( 61 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
478
43% Successful
204
Types of Successful Strikes
0
204
82% Standing
167
18
19
Striking Defense
59
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
9
67% Successful
6
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
6
4
0
Takedown Defense
58
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Loss
Urijah Faber Dec 14, 2013
29 1 1 0 R2 Submission
Michael McDonald 9 0 0 0
Win
Brad Pickett Aug 17, 2013
17 1 0 0 R2 Submission
Michael McDonald 51 0 2 0
Renan Barao Feb 16, 2013
36 4 1 4 R4 Submission
Michael McDonald 26 0 0 0
Win
Miguel Angel Torres Apr 21, 2012
8 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Michael McDonald 16 0 0 0
Win
Michael McDonald Nov 19, 2011
12 0 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Alex Soto 6 0 0 0
Win
Michael McDonald May 28, 2011
32 1 0 2 R3 Decision - Split
Chris Cariaso 44 1 0 0
Win
Michael McDonald Mar 26, 2011
51 5 3 2 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Edwin Figueroa 45 0 0 1
Win
Clint Godfrey
WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
Nov 11, 2010
3 1 0 0 R1 Submission
Michael McDonald 7 0 1 0

Biography

TRAINING: A typical day of training for this fight will be waking up in the morning and having breakfast, followed by strength and conditioning training at 11, then having a gap in the middle of the day for a shower, lunch, domestic chores, or whatever else life throws my way, and then night training at 6 pm, where we start off with an hour of kickboxing and an hour and a half of either jiu jitsu or MMA training with my sparring crammed in between them. Get home at 9, eat, shower, sleep, and get up the next morning for the next go around.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
It just kinda happened. It was never something I always wanted to do since I was a child. I always wanted to do boxing. My older brother asked if I wanted to try kickboxing with him. I was like “meh… I guess I’ll try it” then a year later he asked me if I wanted to do jiu jitsu. I said “No way…” Well he made me do jiu jitsu anyways. And after I pulled off my first armbar I fell in love. Around that time my coach asked me if I wanted to try my hand at fighting an amateur kickboxing bout. I gave it a shot and didn’t do too shabby. That was at the age of 14. By the age of 16 I was just as good, if not better than all the other professionals on the team. By the time I turned 16, and after 9 amateur fights I just fell in love with the rush and excitement and satisfaction of fighting.

What ranks and titles have you held?
3 time BJJ US Open Champion in blue belt once and purple belt twice, Brown belt in Behring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tachi Palace Fights Bantamweight champion.

Do you have any heroes? I wouldn’t exactly call them heroes. There has never been anyone on Earth that I have come across that is exactly as I would want to be. That is why I wouldn’t say I have any heroes, but I definitely have many people in my life that I want to be like in one aspect or another. My father is the hardest working man I’ve ever met in my life. My coach Tom Theofanopoulos is very wise and is the best teacher in general I have ever met. It takes a certain quality to be able to get through to people that other people can’t get through to. Above all I strive to be like Jesus Christ. That’s what it means to be a Christian. To be Christ-like. I have always admired people of great faith, which is what I lacked in my childhood, and am finally learning to have.

What is your favorite technique? Hehehe… my favorite technique? Well everyone that has trained with me or seen me compete in Jiu Jitsu definitely knows what it is. I’m gonna keep my Jiu Jitsu game secret from MMA until there comes a time when I need to use it. But without a doubt on the feet I love the straight right, left hook, and kicking people in the head in general.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
The UFC provides me an opportunity to make a living doing something I love and a platform to spread the word of God.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I started going to school for a degree in Business Management. I actually enjoy school, especially in the areas of business, psychology, math, philosophy, and general health. But unfortunately when I have an upcoming fight it is near impossible to give my full attention to fighting and school at the same time. So I am going to have to put school on hold for a while. Fighting is where my heart currently is and I feel it’s what God’s plan for me is at this moment.

What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve been fighting professionally since I was 16 so luckily I’ve never had to get a real job.

•    Owns pre-WEC / UFC wins over Manny Tapia and Cole Escovedo. Escovedo win in 2010 avenged his lone loss in 2009.

•    Win over Figueroa earned Fight of the Night honors; win over Soto was Knockout of the Night

•    Pro since 2007

•    Nine wins by KO, four by submission

•    Has finished all but two of his victories

•    Has only gone the distance twice as a pro

•    At 21, McDonald is currently the second youngest fighter in the UFC.

Career

Key Opponents

Chris Cariaso
Chris Cariaso
17-5-0
( W-L-D )
Edwin Figueroa
Edwin Figueroa
9-4-0
( W-L-D )

Key Fights

Result
Opponent
Event
Replay
Win
Edwin Figueroa UFC® Fight Night Live NOGUEIRA vs. DAVIS
Win
Edwin Figueroa UFC® Fight Night Live NOGUEIRA vs. DAVIS

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