Drew McFedries

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Drew McFedries
Drew at UFC Diaz vs Neer in Omaha 2013-09-09 22-03.jpg
Drew (right) at UFC Diaz vs. Neer in Omaha
Born Michael Andrew McFedries
(1978-07-27) July 27, 1978 (age 36)
Ames, Iowa
Other names The Massacre
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Style Boxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Bettendorf, Iowa
Team Miletich Fighting Systems, Champions Gym (formerly)
Years active 2001-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 10
By knockout 8
By submission 1
By decision 1
Losses 7
By knockout 2
By submission 4
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Andrew "Drew" McFedries (born July 27, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist who has fought in the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions. He is perhaps best known for his stint with the UFC, going 4-5 for the organization and has also fought in Shooto, and the Titan Fighting Championships. He is known for his aggressive style and knockout punching power with 8 of his 10 career wins coming by way of knockout.

Background[edit]

McFedries was born in Ames, Iowa and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. His mother, Agnes, battled drug addiction and was also involved in prostitution, forcing the young McFedries to be self-reliant from a young age while also supporting his siblings and often getting into fights. In his freshman year at Bettendorf High School, McFedries was expelled and was on the verge of dropping out of school altogether but was noticed by his gym teacher, and recruited by the head football coach at the school. Both were great mentors to the young McFedries, who would letter in football, track, soccer, and baseball after not competing in organized sports until his sophomore year. After graduating, he attended Iowa Central Community College where he earned an associate's degree and then St. Ambrose University to study sports management but did not graduate.[1] After college, McFedries worked as a bouncer and fought in amateur mixed martial arts fights at a local bar, before being invited by local legendary fighter and coach Pat Miletich, to train at Miletich Fighting Systems.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

McFedries made his professional debut in 2001 against future UFC veteran Nate Quarry and lost by TKO due to punches. In his next bout, McFedries faced current UFC fighter Claude Patrick and won via unanimous decision.

McFedries then put together his fourth consecutive win before making his UFC debut.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

With a 4-1 professional record, McFedries made his UFC debut and Light Heavyweight debut at UFC 65 against Italian Alessio Sakara on November 11, 2006 in Sacramento, California. Despite being a heavy underdog, McFedries defeated Sakara via TKO in a highly-entertaining fight as the two exchanged huge punches.

In his next bout at UFC 68, McFedries fought against Danish fighter Martin Kampmann and lost via arm-triangle choke submission.

McFedries' next fight was against Bulgarian Olympic wrestler Jordan Radev at UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher. McFedries won with a highlight-reel knockout only 33 seconds into the fight and won "Knockout of the Night" honors.

His next bout was against Canadian Patrick Côté. Days before Christmas and only a matter of weeks before the fight, McFedries' mother was murdered. McFedries elected to fight anyway but lost via TKO.[3]

In his next bout at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Finale, McFedries was pitted against former King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion Marvin Eastman. McFedries won the fight via knockout and was again awarded "Knockout of the Night" honors.

McFedries then lost via kimura submission to Mike Massenzio at UFC Fight Night 15 and to Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Thales Leites via rear-naked choke submission at UFC 90.

In 2009, he returned with a TKO victory over Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 98, dominating Foupa-Pokam before the fight was stopped at only 37 seconds into the first round. After criticizing his team Miletich Fighting Systems, McFedries, who had felt that he had not been supported by MFS, learned that he had been kicked out of the camp at the post-fight press conference.

McFedries then lost at the hands of Tomasz Drwal via rear-naked choke submission at UFC 103. Following the loss McFedries was released from his contract. Interestingly only the last of McFedries' nine UFC fights got out of the first round, and he holds the record for the shortest average fight time in UFC history (for fighters with more than five UFC bouts) at two minutes and 20 seconds.[4]

Post-UFC career[edit]

McFedries was expected to face former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion Joey Villaseñor on September 11, 2010 at Shark Fights 13, but was replaced by Danillo Villefort due to injury.[5]

McFedries returned to train with Miletich Fighting Systems.

In his first post-UFC fight, McFedries faced Samoan Gary Tapusoa on January 29, 2011 at Titan Fighting Championships 16.[6] He won the fight via TKO.

McFedries then faced Garret Olson in a catchweight bout of 196 lbs. on August 27, 2011 at ProElite 1. He got another TKO victory, in the second round.

McFedries was scheduled to face Zak Cummings at Titan Fighting Championship 25 on September 25, 2012.[7] However McFedries was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Tommy Speer. It was later announced that Titan Fighting Championship 25 would be postponed due to bad weather conditions.[8]

McFedries faced Jeremy Kimball at Paramount Prize Fighting 1 on January 25, 2013. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On November 3, 2012 McFedries was stabbed in the upper-shoulder area of his back while working as a bouncer at a Davenport, Iowa night club.[10] McFedries stated in an interview with FightLockdown that if he were not doing mixed martial arts that he would like to finish his degree and possibly do music videos or movies.[11] McFedries is afflicted with Crohn's disease, being diagnosed with the illness around 2002, and has spoken in many interviews about his struggle with the disorder. It has not stopped him from competing in mixed martial arts, but he does believe it has a large effect on his athletic ability. He has a brother who is much younger, and two younger sisters.[12]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–7 Jeremy Kimball Decision (unanimous) Fight to Win: Paramount Prize Fighting January 25, 2013 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 10–6 Garrett Olson TKO (punches) ProElite 1: Arlovski vs. Lopez August 27, 2011 2 4:04 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Catchweight (196 lb) bout
Win 9–6 Gary Tapusoa TKO (punches) Titan FC 16: Sylvia vs. Wagner January 29, 2011 3 4:42 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 8–6 Tomasz Drwal Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 2 1:03 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 8–5 Xavier Foupa-Pokam TKO (punches) UFC 98 May 23, 2009 1 0:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–5 Thales Leites Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 90 October 25, 2008 1 1:18 Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Loss 7–4 Mike Massenzio Submission (kimura) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer September 17, 2008 1 1:28 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 7–3 Marvin Eastman KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale June 21, 2008 1 1:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 6–3 Patrick Cote TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman January 23, 2008 1 1:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Jordan Radev KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher June 12, 2007 1 0:33 Hollywood, Florida, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 5–2 Martin Kampmann Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 68 March 3, 2007 1 4:06 Columbus, Ohio, United States Return to Middleweight
Win 5–1 Alessio Sakara TKO (punches) UFC 65 November 18, 2006 1 4:07 Sacramento, California, United States Light Heavyweight bout
Win 4–1 Brian Monahan TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 71 October 7, 2006 1 N/A Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 3–1 Steve Evan Dau Submission (punches) Extreme Challenge 51 August 2, 2003 2 1:26 St. Charles, Illinois, United States
Win 2–1 Rafal Piszczek TKO (punches) Shooto: Midwest Fighting May 21, 2003 2 2:37 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 1–1 Claude Patrick Decision (unanimous) UCC 10: Battle for the Belts 2002 June 15, 2002 3 5:00 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Loss 0–1 Nate Quarry TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 43 September 8, 2001 2 3:03 Orem, Utah, United States

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