Tamdan McCrory

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Tamdan McCrory
Born (1986-11-05) November 5, 1986 (age 29)
Ithaca, New York, United States
Other names The Barn Cat
Residence Binghamton, New York, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight (2014-present)
Welterweight (2006-2009)
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[1]
Years active 2006–2009, 2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 14
By knockout 8
By submission 5
By decision 1
Losses 4
By knockout 1
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 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.[1] In May 2008, McCrory graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[3] in the Middleweight category. McCrory held an undefeated professional record of 8-0 before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In May 2007, McCrory signed a contract with the UFC.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7]

McCrory made his MMA return on September 5, 2014 when he faced Brennan Ward at Bellator 123.[8] He won via spectacular knockout 21 seconds into the first round.

McCrory faced Jason Butcher at Bellator 134 on February 27, 2015.[9] 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[edit]

Following two impressive wins in Bellator MMA, McCrory announced that he had re-signed with the UFC.[10]

In his UFC return, McCrory faced Josh Samman on December 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox 17.[11] He won the back-and-forth fight via submission in the third round.[12]

McCrory next faced Krzysztof Jotko on June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89.[13] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[14]

Personal life[edit]

McCrory married his wife, Haley, in 2010. Haley is the morning news anchor for WBNG-TV in Binghamton, NY. [15] The couple has a daughter, Keelin.

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.[17]
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


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