Drew (right) at UFC Diaz vs. Neer in Omaha
|Born||Michael Andrew McFedries
July 27, 1978
|Other names||The Massacre|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Bettendorf, Iowa|
|Team||Miletich Fighting Systems, Champions Gym (formerly)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
McFedries returned to train with Miletich Fighting Systems.
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. 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.
McFedries faced Jeremy Kimball at Paramount Prize Fighting 1 on January 25, 2013. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
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. 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. 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.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||10 wins||7 losses|
|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|
Notes and references
- "UFC Official Records". FightMetric. 2013-04-20.
- "Shark Fights 13 adds champion Evans, Larson, Herman, Spratt, Mann, Hicks". mmajunkie.com. 2010-07-28.
- "Drew McFedries vs. Gary Tapasua slated for HDNet's Titan Fighting 16". mmajunkie.com. 2010-12-14.
- "Titan Fighting Championship To Return In September, Drew McFedries In Main Event". Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Titan FC 25: Speer Vs. Cummings Postponed Due To Weather Conditions". BloodyElbow.com. 2012-09-19.
- "Paramount Prize Fighting 1 Results". MMAPFC.com. 2013-01-25.
- Sherdog, Sherdog (November 6, 2012). "Former UFC Fighter Drew McFedries Stabbed in Iowa Nightclub". Sherdog.com. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
- Pittman, Stephanie (June 3, 2009). "My best KOs are the ones that no one has seen.". FightLockdown. Retrieved December 5, 2009.