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Stayin’ Positive: “The Barn Cat” Talks UFC Release, Future Plans, and More

If you’re anything like us you were surprised and a little saddened to hear that one of the UFC’s more entertaining and personable welterweights, Tamdan “The Barn Cat” McCrory, was John Howard at UFC 101 last weekend.  Not only did he lose a squeaker against Howard that could have easily gone the other way, but even after the defeat he was still 3-3 in the UFC.  What happened to at least waiting until a guy lost two or sometimes even three in a row before cutting him loose?

But while we may be disappointed to see “The Barn Cat” go, he’s not letting it get him down.  When we contacted him this afternoon he said he plans to take his time, improve his skills, and then move up to middleweight where he feels more comfortable.

“It kind of comes with the territory,” McCrory said of his dismissal from the UFC.  “That’s what happens.  You’re only as good as your last fight, and all that other cliché bullshit.  You know they can drop you if you lose so that’s always on your mind.”



“I’m not in a rush to get back in the UFC.  This is the time to work on my skills, put the weight back on, and make some of the adjustments that take longer than just the time between fights.”

The twenty-two year-old McCrory said the cut to welterweight has gotten increasingly more difficult as his body has grown, and for this last outing he cut down to 170 from around 205 pounds, making him think that a move up in weight was inevitable.

“I don’t feel like making my body do what it doesn’t want to do.  It was a rough cut. …I was thinking that I might take one more fight at welterweight but when [the UFC] said, ‘Take some time and get some wins,’ that kind of made my mind up for me. …It’s not totally a bad thing for me right now.”

McCrory said he’s already gotten some offers to fight overseas and in other promotions, but he’s in no hurry.  He added that his sponsors and fans seemed more upset both about the split decision going against him and the UFC’s decision to release him afterwards, but he’s not taking it too hard.

“Anything can happen in this game and I’m not going to look at it negatively because then it’s kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Nobody likes to lose, but what can you do?  They’re going to want me back.”

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jimbonics- August 13, 2009 at 8:34 am
Dana, you stupid homo piece of crap. WTF is wrong with you? You've got FUCKTONS of shitty no-name fighters, and you release Tamdan? A good fighter whom the crowd LOVES?

I have literally lost count of your fuck ups just in the last 3 years. DIAF.
Videodrome_NOW- August 13, 2009 at 7:47 am
last i checked, Houston Alexander is on a 3 fight losing streak. so was joe daddy until his fight with diaz. wtf. by the way, purple pickle, you have the best comment i've read in weeks. i thought you were talking about my bedroom at first. McRory is the fuckin man, and i wished to God i could have been there to see him come out to Thunderhorse. (Personally, "Go into the Water" is what i would come out to.)
Mike Milbury- August 13, 2009 at 7:21 am
@ArmFarmer: Seriously, they keep all those TUF douchebags (Danzig, Grove, Dolloway, among others) who took a shortcut to get into the UFC. Meanwhile, actual hard-working guys like the Barn Cat get their walking papers.
Terminator- August 13, 2009 at 6:07 am
Keep your head up Barncat, you got a bright future ahead of you kid.
Kim Couture is a cunt- August 13, 2009 at 5:11 am
Hope he gets back.
ArmFarmer- August 13, 2009 at 3:48 am
It pisses me off that they cut this guy when there are plenty of fighters that I don't give a fuck about that get to stick around. Why would you get rid of a guy that's 3-3, has a built in gimmick, always puts on exciting fights, and already has a strong fanbase. UFC fucked up this time, they severley underestimated his popularity.
Zee German- August 13, 2009 at 3:19 am
I strongly believe in the Barncat, and so do a lot of people.
He will be okay though. Everyone with an attitude like this will. And he is young as well. And talented. You will be back, Tamdan. Best of luck to you.
PingPong- August 13, 2009 at 12:01 am
Why would they cut this guy, he has a following, and he's pretty good?
JiMMA- August 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm
Who cares, Dana really sh!t on the hardcore fans here.

T.M. AKA BARN CAT will be back with VENGEANCE!!!
MyFightWiffaCheeto- August 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm
WAR BARNCAT!!! I will watch anything with Tamdan on it. Even a Yamma event... the next one should be soon right?
Marcer- August 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm
Definitely one of the more unfortunate cuts as of late.
Bill C.- August 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm
This is such BS. Barn Cat was the man. I can't wait to see him back in the UFC. Looking forward to seeing him work his way back up.
Harry Russo- August 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm
He is a young dude with time on his side. He will be fine.
Komodo- August 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm
That fucking sucks.
PurplePickle- August 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Hey whichever Ben,
This is the first headline you have written in weeks where the word 'positive' was used and wasn't followed closely by the words: test, urine, suspension, or cancellation.

Ironlung- August 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm
Obviously the UFC didn't hear the overwhelming reception the Barncat received at UFC101. When thunderhorse played on the PA the crowd when nuts and all you could hear was people yelling Barncat! Goodluck, can't wait to see you fight again.
Sheps- August 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm
At least now he doesn't have to die trying to have girls believe he's a UFC fighter.
Forrest44- August 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm
Bummer. I like Barncat and from what I read he is a class act not to mention a good, entertaining fighter with a pretty positive attitude about his career thus far. I'd love to see more dispositions like this in this sport. Tamdan is a diplomat.

I think the UFC fu*@ed up a little bit in letting him go...
TheHuytonHandGrenade- August 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm
Good fighter, seems like smart n decent fella good luck Barncat lad
TheVoiceOfReason- August 12, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Barncat is an entertaining and cool guy as well as a great fighter. Sad to see him get cut.
zombiekilla- August 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm
it was a cloase fight at 101...love this kid. cant wait to see him again
Adam Bomb- August 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm
All the good wishes in the world to this guy, he's a class act.
hjdevnull- August 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm
The Barn Cat is awesome, and I'm glad that he's got his head on straight after this. He's so young and he's still growing -- hell, he could still end up one of the biggest guys at middleweight and still look lanky with his frame.

Barn Cat, if you catch this, hope to see you wrecking people at 185 in 2010 and beyond.
I Tap 2 Fat Chicks- August 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm
Yeah he lost a few, but his fukin nickname was BARNCAT.. Doesnt' a stupid obscure nickname mean anything anymore?
PurplePickle- August 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm
I bet the Barncat has a cool bedroom. DeathMetal posters, collectible action figures, BudK catalog fanatsy swords. He's probably the baddest man to ever sleep on ATHF sheets.
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