Tamdan McCrory finished his last two bouts in a combined 87 seconds. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Six years after his last Octagon appearance, Tamdan McCrory is back with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Las Vegas-based organization on Tuesday announced that it has inked the 6-foot-4 middleweight to a new contract, the specifics of which were not disclosed. According to a post on UFC.com, McCrory will return to the cage “sometime in October or November” against an as-yet-unannounced opponent.
McCrory, 28, went 3-3 in his first UFC run between June 2007 and August 2009. The New Yorker’s last bout with the promotion came at UFC 101, where he dropped a split decision to John Howard. Following that defeat, McCrory disappeared from the sport for more than five years while coaching and dealing with a host of injuries.
When “The Barn Cat” returned in September 2014, it was under the banner of UFC rival Bellator MMA. Already a cult figure to fight fans, McCrory got people talking when he scored a blistering, 21-second knockout of Brennan Ward. He followed that with a 61-second performance, an armbar submission of Jason Butcher in February. According to McCrory, after those two impressive victories, Bellator was prepared to give him a shot at the 185-pound title.
“I left a title shot in [Bellator] to come to the UFC,” McCrory told UFC.com. “If I wanted to win that belt, I could have stayed and done it, but I wanted to be back in the sport of MMA, not the MMA entertainment business.”