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Michael McDonald granted release after ‘dishonest’ UFC ‘wasted his time’

UFC 145: Torres v McDonald Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contender Michael McDonald, 26, was ranked No. 3 in the world at 135 pounds.

Then came a string of debilitating injuries, as well as high-profile losses to Urijah Faber and John Lineker, which sent “Mayday” tumbling down the division ladder. Not that he got any support from UFC along with way.

"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," McDonald told ESPN. "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 hear these guys are hiring.

McDonald (17-4) has been vocal about his treatment from UFC in the past, hitting rock bottom and losing everything on the way down (more on that here). “Mayday” asked for his release from the promotion and it was granted this week, according to the report.

Where he goes from here, remains to be seen.

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