Don'Tale Mayes

Don'Tale Mayes

Personal Information

Full Name Don'Tale O'Neil Mayes
Date of Birth January 16, 1992
Age 31
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 257 lb (117 kg)
Nickname Lord Kong

Don'Tale Mayes: A Brief Biography

Don'Tale O'Neil Mayes is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States who fights in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Mayes was born on January 16, 1992.


UFC 277 Weigh-in
Don'Tale Mayes at UFC 277 Weigh-in


Latest News Update for Don'Tale Mayes


Mayes is set to face Augusto Sakai on February 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night: Krylov vs. Spann.


Don’Tale Mayes Facts



Birth PlaceLouisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Star SignCapricorn
Net Worth (2023)$100,000
Last Fight Earnings$36,000
Age31
EducationAncilla College
MMA Debut2016
MMA Record9-4-1
AchievementsHoosier FC Heavyweight Champion
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter


Early Life and Career


Don'Tale O'Neil Mayes was raised in Kentucky and began practicing martial arts as a way to control his aggression. He started with judo and eventually transitioned to other disciplines. Mayes won state championships in Kansas and Indiana while practicing judo. He attended Ancilla College but did not graduate with a degree.


Don'Tale Mayes had an unbeaten record of 8-0 as an amateur fighter from 2014 to 2015. He then turned professional and won the Hoosier FC Heavyweight Championship in his second fight, with a record of 3-1. Mayes was invited to participate in Dana White's Contender Series 8 and faced Allen Crowder, but lost in the third round due to technical knockout. Mayes made two more appearances on the Contender Series and won both fights by stoppage, finally earning his UFC contract on his second try.


Don’Tale Mayes’ Career in UFC


Mayes started his UFC career with a loss to Ciryl Gane on October 26, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren. He lost the fight via a heel hook submission in the third round.


Mayes returned to the octagon on May 16, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris, where he faced Rodrigo Nascimento. Unfortunately, he suffered his second straight loss in the UFC, losing the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the second round.


However, Mayes got his first victory in the UFC when he faced Roque Martinez on November 14, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos. He won the fight via a unanimous decision, with judges scoring the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 in his favor.


Mayes was scheduled to fight Tai Tuivasa on March 20, 2021, at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland, but he was removed from the bout due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Harry Hunsucker.


Mayes returned to the octagon on December 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus. He faced Josh Parisian and won the bout via TKO due to elbows from the crucifix position in the third round.


Mayes was scheduled to face Justin Tafa on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277. However, Tafa pulled out due to undisclosed reasons, and Mayes was matched with promotional newcomer Hamdy Abdelwahab. Mayes lost the fight via split decision, but it was later ruled a no contest after Abdelwahab failed to disclose his history of using Methenolone before joining the UFC and tested positive for the drug thereafter.


Mayes is set to return to the octagon on February 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 220, where he will face Augusto Sakai.


UFC Fight Night: Nascimento v Mayes
UFC Fight Night: Nascimento v Mayes


Don'Tale Mayes Record


ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocation
NC9–4 (1)Hamdy AbdelwahabNC (overturned)UFC 277July 30, 202235:00Dallas, Texas, United States
Win9–4Josh ParisianTKO (elbows)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. DaukausDecember 18, 202133:26Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win8–4Roque MartinezDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos AnjosNovember 14, 202035:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss7–4Rodrigo NascimentoSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. HarrisMay 16, 202022:05Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss7–3Ciryl GaneSubmission (heel hook)UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. AskrenOctober 26, 201934:46Kallang, Singapore
Win7–2Ricardo PraselTKO (punches)Dana White's Contender Series 20July 16, 201914:59Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win6–2Nkemdirim OtiSubmission (verbal)V3 Fights 71November 17, 201832:15Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States
Win5–2Mitchell SipeTKO (punches)Dana White's Contender Series 15July 31, 201824:49Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win4–2Mohammed UsmanSubmission (rear-naked choke)VFC 60April 14, 201835:00Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss3–2Allen CrowderTKO (punches and elbows)Dana White's Contender Series 8August 29, 201734:12Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win3–1Demoreo DennisDecision (unanimous)LFA 9April 14, 201735:00Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Loss2–1Kenny FredenburgDisqualification (illegal elbow)RFA 46: Johnson vs. TuckerDecember 9, 201612:06Branson, Missouri, United States
Win2–0Arnold AdamsTKO (submission to punches)Hoosier Fight Club 29June 4, 201653:09Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win1–0Harry HunsuckerTKO (submission to punches)Hardrock MMA 77February 6, 201612:12Shepherdsville, Kentucky, United States



Don’Tale Mayes’ Most Popular Fights


Don’Tale Mayes vs. Cyril Gane


Don'Tale Mayes faced Ciryl Gane on October 26, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren.


The heavyweight’s engaged in a high-energy, strike-heavy battle in the opening round. Gane's agility and movement, unusual for heavyweight fighters, proved a challenge for Mayes. Gane continued to dominate with his versatile striking throughout the first two rounds, wearing down Mayes as the fight progressed. With less than a minute left in the third round, Gane capitalized on a takedown and seized the opportunity to execute a heel hook that forced Mayes to submit with only 13 seconds remaining in the fight.


UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Mayes [Image Courtesy: mmajunkie.com]


FAQs on Don’Tale Mayes


How many losses does Don’Tale Mayes have in the UFC?

Don'Tale Mayes has two losses in the UFC against Ciryl Gane and Rodrigo Nascimento



What is Don’Tale Mayes’ nickname?

Don’Tale Mayes is nicknamed “Lord Kong”.



Which weight class does Don'Tale Mayes compete in?

Don'Tale Mayes competes in the Heavyweight division in the UFC.




Last Updated On 25th February 2023