Tamdan McCrory

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Tamdan McCrory
Born (1986-11-05) November 5, 1986 (age 28)
Ithaca, New York, United States
Other names The Barn Cat
Residence Binghamton, New York
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Binghamton, New York
Team Binns Management MMA
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2006-2009, 2014-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 12
By knockout 7
By submission 4
By decision 1
Losses 3
By submission 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tamdan Wade McCrory (born November 5, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He is perhaps best known for competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is currently competing in Bellator's Middleweight division


McCrory was born and raised in the rural community of Ithaca, New York along with his twin sister named Tegan who is now a nurse. Growing up, McCrory did not excel at sports and was often bullied for being a self-described "nerd". He attended and graduated from Ithaca High School in 2004 where he competed in wrestling. In May 2008, McCrory graduated from State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

He began fighting mixed martial arts in 2006, after meeting soon to be coach and mentor, Erik Charles, through Myspace.com. He became one of the youngest NABC Champions at the age of 19. He also made an appearance in the BET show Iron Ring as a contestant[2] in the Middleweight category.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In May 2007, McCrory signed a contract with the UFC.[3]

McCrory made his debut defeating The Ultimate Fighter 4 alumni, Pete Spratt. Five months after the win, McCrory took his first professional defeat to Japanese superstar Akihiro Gono at UFC 78. He quickly bounced back with a win defeating The Ultimate Fighter 2 runner up, Luke Cummo. At UFC 91, McCrory lost his second fight to another up and coming Welterweight Dustin Hazelett. Tamdan was then a late call-up to fight Ryan Madigan at UFC 96. Tamdan lost to John Howard at UFC 101 on the preliminary card. Following the loss, McCrory was dropped from the UFC.[4]


McCrory stated his intentions to move into the Middleweight division. He was looking to gain a spot in the second season of Bellator's Middleweight Tournament, but his management's offer was declined.[5] McCrory has since retired from MMA citing that it was taking too much time away from his family.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Four years after his retirement, McCrory signed with Binns Management in 2013 and subsequently announced his return to mixed martial arts.[6]

McCrory made his MMA return on September 5, 2014 when he faced Brennan Ward at Bellator 123.[7] He won via spectacular knockout in twenty one seconds of the first round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–3 Brennan Ward KO (punches) Bellator 123 September 5, 2014 1 0:21 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 11–3 John Howard Decision (split) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 11–2 Ryan Madigan Submission (punches) UFC 96 March 7, 2009 1 3:35 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 10–2 Dustin Hazelett Submission (reverse armbar) UFC 91 November 15, 2008 1 3:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Luke Cummo Decision (unanimous) UFC 87 August 10, 2008 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 9–1 Akihiro Gono Submission (armbar) UFC 78 November 17, 2007 2 3:19 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 Pete Spratt Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night 10 June 12, 2007 2 2:04 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 8–0 Nuri Shakir Submission (rear-naked choke) CFFC 4 - Cage Fury Fighting Championships 4 April 13, 2007 2 3:22 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–0 Anthony D'Angelo TKO (punches) CFFC 3 - Battleground January 19, 2007 1 2:34 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 Mike Littlefield TKO (punches) CFFC 2 - Cage Fury Fighting Championships 2 October 6, 2006 1 4:10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 Jason Giroux Technical Submission (triangle choke) WFL 10: X September 23, 2006 1 3:07 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 4–0 Joe Manzello KO (punches) FFP - Untamed 7 August 19, 2006 1 4:45 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–0 Brendan Hoxie TKO (kick to the body) CZ 17 - Take Control August 5, 2006 2 1:37 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 2–0 Bobby Diaz TKO (punches) FFP - Untamed 5 June 16, 2006 2 0:42 Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 John Jenner TKO (punches) WFL - Judgment Night 2 June 3, 2006 1 1:19 Revere, Massachusetts, United States


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