Don'Tale Mayes

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Machado up next
HeavyweightUFC
February 13, 2024
Mayes is scheduled to compete against Caio Machado in a heavyweight fight at the UFC's April 27 event, per Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
ANALYSIS
Mayes will look to establish some better consistency across 2024. During 2023, he defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski via second-round TKO but also suffered decision losses to both non-champions Augusto Sakai and Rodrigo Nascimento.
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Inconsistent ways continue
HeavyweightUFC
November 4, 2023
Mayes lost to Rodrigo Nascimento via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
It was another lousy effort from Mayes, although better than his May 2020 fight against Nascimento in which he was submitted in Round 2. Don'Tale had real difficulty getting out of the starting blocks here, generating virtually no offense until Round 3. A good portion of that appeared to be the result of Nascimento tiring. There simply wasn't enough volume from Mayes over the course of the first ten minutes for him to have any chance of winning a decision. The very definition of roster depth, "Lord Kong" drops to 3-4 (1NC) in his first eight UFC bouts.
Nascimento rematch scheduled
HeavyweightUFC
August 7, 2023
Mayes will fight Rodrigo Nascimento in a heavyweight bout at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 4, according to Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Nascimento defeated Mayes at UFC on ESPN 8 more than three years ago. But since then, the latter has recovered with a 3-1 (1) and two TKOs across his last five fights. Mayes will look to redeem himself by defeating Nascimento, who is fighting in his native Brazil.
Takes out Andrei Arlovski
HeavyweightUFC
June 3, 2023
Mayes defeated Andrei Arlovski via TKO (punches) at 3:04 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 46 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
While the final result is fantastic, this was another fight in which Mayes had virtually nothing going prior to the finish. Don'Tale's power is legitimate, as Arlovski found out first hand, but his biggest advantage over fellow UFC heavyweights is his athleticism. That said, Mayes seemingly never fights to his greatest strengths. He's almost always one-and-done in terms of firing off strikes, in addition to displaying stunningly little footwork. Combined with what has been questionable cardio at times, Mayes seems unlikely to put forth any sort of prolonged winning streak moving forward, although this was obviously a great start.
Gets Arlovski in June
HeavyweightUFC
May 4, 2023
Mayes will take on Andrei Arlovski at UFC Vegas 74 on June 3, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes is coming off an ugly loss back in February against Augusto Sakai. He will look to bounce back against the 44-year-old Arlovski who will be making his 40th appearance in the Octagon.
No-shows loss in Vegas
HeavyweightUFC
February 25, 2023
Mayes lost to Augusto Sakai via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Facing an opponent that entered having lost four in a row, all via knockout, Mayes stood around and did nothing the vast majority of the bout. Part of that was the fact he was exhausted due to the fact Sakai was hanging all over him and making his life miserable, but Mayes' activity level was suspiciously low in the early going when he was fresh, and it may have well have cost him a much-needed victory. Don'Tale is an above-average athlete for a heavyweight, but his cardio is questionable, and his fight IQ isn't great. He seems highly unlikely to make any sort of run, even in a thin division.