Don'Tale Mayes

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Added to July 30 card
HeavyweightUFC
May 13, 2022
Mayes (knee) will square off against Justin Tafa on the UFC's July 30 card, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes picked up his second consecutive win in a fight versus Josh Parisian back in December but was dealt a six-month medical suspension for a knee injury he suffered in the match. He will finally return to the Octagon seven months later, suggesting the injury was relatively severe. On deck is Justin Tafa, who stands six inches shorter than Mayes and has a reach seven inches shorter, so Mayes will likely aim to use those differences to his advantage.
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May miss six months
HeavyweightUFC
December 21, 2021
Mayes was handed a six-month medical suspension Tuesday due to a knee injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes beat Josh Parisian by TKO on Saturday but suffered a left knee injury in the process. If an MRI is positive, he'll be unable to fight until June 17 unless cleared by a doctor.
Uses ground game to secure win
HeavyweightUFC
December 18, 2021
Mayes defeated Josh Parisian via TKO (elbows) at 3:26 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Mayes landed just one successful takedown in his first three UFC bouts, but that didn't stop him from connecting on 6-of-8 attempts against Parisian, good for 11:32 worth of control time. Mayes' power is still by far his valuable asset, but he wisely recognized that the only way Parisian could win this fight was on the feet and decided not to give him that opportunity. Mayes has been inconsistent throughout the earlier portion of his UFC run, posting a 2-2 record, but he has now won back-to-back fights. It was nice to see him show a different side of his game in this victory.
To face Parisian in December
HeavyweightUFC
October 11, 2021
Mayes (undisclosed) is set to take on Josh Parisian in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Dec. 18, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes last fought in November of 2020, snapping a two fight losing steak with a unanimous decision over Roque Martinez. He was since scheduled to return against Tai Tuivasa in the spring, but ultimately ended up being a late withdrawal due to undisclosed reasons. He'll enter this matchup with Parisian with two-inch height and reach advantages, though it's Parisian that has the edge in striking volume (albeit over a smaller sample size). The two fighters have a combined two takedowns in the UFC, so look for this one to play out primarily on the feet.
Late withdrawal from Tuivasa fight
HeavyweightUFC
March 17, 2021
Mayes has withdrawn from his scheduled matchup at UFC Vegas 22 against Tai Tuivasa, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear exactly what caused the late exit, but Mayes was a +175 betting underdog heading into Saturday's matchup. The promotion will now seek a short-notice replacement for Tuivasa.
Facing Tai Tuivasa in March
HeavyweightUFC
January 20, 2021
Mayes (8-4-0) is slated to face Tai Tuivasa (11-3-0) in a heavyweight fight set for the UFC's March 20 event, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of USA Today report.
ANALYSIS
Mayes will return to the Octagon after picking up his first UFC win in his last bout Nov. 14, when he defeated Roque Martinez via unanimous decision in Las Vegas. He'll be taking on a veteran of the promotion in Tuivasa, who snapped a three-fight losing streak in his most recent bout in October to improve his UFC record to 4-3-0.