November 5, 1986 |
Ithaca, New York, United States
|Other names||The Barn Cat|
|Residence||Binghamton, New York, United States|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||78.0 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Binghamton, New York, United States|
|Team||Binns Management MMA|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ken Kronenberg|
|Years active||2006–2009, 2014–present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tamdan Wade McCrory (born November 5, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2006, McCrory has also formerly competed for Bellator MMA and the Cage Fury Fighting Championships.
McCrory was born and raised in the rural community of Ithaca, New York along with his twin sister. Growing up, McCrory was often bullied for being a self-proclaimed "nerd, " which later helped fuel his motivation for a career in mixed martial arts. McCrory attended and graduated from Ithaca High School in 2004 where he competed in wrestling and was a 2002 New York National Team Cadet for the Greco-Roman category. In May 2008, McCrory graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
Mixed martial arts career
McCrory began fighting mixed martial arts in 2006. 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 in the Middleweight category. McCrory held an undefeated professional record of 8-0 before being signed by the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In May 2007, McCrory signed a contract with the UFC.
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 released from the UFC.
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. McCrory subsequently retired from MMA citing that it was taking too much time away from his family. Four years after his retirement, however, McCrory signed with Binns Management in 2013 and subsequently announced his return to mixed martial arts.
McCrory faced Jason Butcher at Bellator 134 on February 27, 2015. He won the fight via submission in the first round. In August 2015, McCrory was given his release from Bellator to re-sign with the UFC.
Return to UFC
McCrory married his wife, Haley, in 2010. Haley is the morning news anchor for WBNG-TV in Binghamton, NY.  The couple has a daughter, Keelin.
Championships and awards
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||14 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||14–4||Krzysztof Jotko||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson||June 18, 2016||1||0:59||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||14–3||Josh Samman||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2||December 19, 2015||3||4:10||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–3||Jason Butcher||Submission (armbar)||Bellator 134||February 27, 2015||1||1:06||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||12–3||Brennan Ward||KO (punches)||Bellator 123||September 5, 2014||1||0:21||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Loss||11–3||John Howard||Decision (split)||UFC 101||August 8, 2009||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||11–2||Ryan Madigan||TKO (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: Stout vs. Fisher||June 12, 2007||2||2:04||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||8–0||Nuri Shakir||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CFFC 4||April 13, 2007||2||3:22||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–0||Anthony D'Angelo||TKO (punches)||CFFC 3||January 19, 2007||1||2:34||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6–0||Mike Littlefield||TKO (punches)||CFFC 2||October 6, 2006||1||4:10||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won vacant NABC MMA Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Jason Giroux||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||WFL 10||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 (body kick)||CZ 17||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|
- "Tamdan McCrory - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
- UFC Interview
- Bet Shows, The Iron Ring fighters, middleweights
- The Barncat's Official website
- UFC cuts, additions and fight announcements
- Tamdan McCrory eyes summer return, ready to "knock someone's head off"
- "UFC vet Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory ready to return to MMA". yorkblog.com. March 1, 2013.
- "Bellator 123 Fight Card". Bellator.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
- "Bellator 134 prelims: 'The Silencer,' 'The Freight Train,' 'The Irish Bad Boy,' 'The Barn Cat'". mmajunkie.com. February 5, 2015.
- "Welcome to the UFC: Tamdan McCrory". UFC.com. August 18, 2015.
- Dave Doyle (2015-08-21). "Dollaway vs. Marquardt, Samman vs. McCrory added to UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-19). "UFC on FOX 17 results: Tamdan McCrory submits Josh Samman in UFC return". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
- Staff (2016-03-29). "Multiple fight bookings made official for UFC Fight Night 89". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-06-18). "UFC Fight Night 89 results: Krzysztof Jotko melts Tamdan McCrory with left for first round knockout". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-06-18.