Don'Tale Mayes
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Fight pushed back
HeavyweightUFC
October 14, 2020
Mayes will now take on Roque Martinez in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC Apex on Nov. 14, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes' originally scheduled fight against Philipe Lins (knee) was called off, but Mayes will still get to fight a week later than expected. Mayes is still searching for his first win with the promotion after losing his most recent matchup to Rodrigo Nascimento via submission (rear-naked choke) in May. Martinez lost his first fight under the UFC banner to Alexander Romanov via submission (arm-triangle choke) in September. Mayes has an advantage in height as he attempts to improve his standing with the promotion.
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Needs new opponent
HeavyweightUFC
October 14, 2020
Mayes will need a new opponent for his Nov. 7 fight after Philipe Lins (knee) was removed from the card, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes had a fairly favorable matchup against Lins as each fighter had dropped their first two fights with the promotion. However, he'll now search for a new opponent with just over three weeks remaining before the fight.
Looking for first UFC win
HeavyweightUFC
October 1, 2020
Mayes will take on Philipe Lins in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event Nov. 7 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight will be featuring a pair of fighters hoping to avoid falling to 0-3 with the UFC. Mayes last fought in mid-May when he fell to Rodrigo Nascimento via submission. Prior to that Mayes lost to Ciryl Gane via submission in late October of 2019.
Struggles continue in Jacksonville
HeavyweightUFC
May 16, 2020
Mayes lost to Rodrigo Nascimento via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:05 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Mayes' complete inability to defend himself on the ground was once again his downfall. The Kentucky native has legitimate power in his hands, but every opponent he goes up against makes a concerted effort to get him to the mat. If they are successful, Mayes is done. He appeared visibly dejected after the fight, and rightfully so. Mayes has now been submitted in his first two official UFC bouts.
Portland fight re-booked
HeavyweightUFC
April 30, 2020
Mayes' matchup against Rodrigo Nascimento has been re-booked for a UFC Fight Night event May 16 in Jacksonville, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally supposed to take place April 11 in Portland, but that turned out to be one of many cards canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair of heavyweights, both of whom got their opportunities via Dana White's Contender Series, now have a new date set. Mayes last fought in October, getting submitted by Ciryl Gane late in Round 3.
Second fight booked in Portland
HeavyweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Mayes will face Rodrigo Nascimento in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on April 11 in Portland, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes made his UFC debut in October after earning a contract via Dana White's Contender Series, but he lost via submission (heel hook) during Round 3 to Ciryl Gane. Nascimento also earned a contract via the Contender Series and was reportedly lined up for a fight in August, though that never game to fruition, setting him up for his UFC debut versus Mayes.