David Michaud will debut as a member of the Professional Fighters League roster on May 9 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The 10-year veteran welcomes the opportunity to call the promotion his long-term home after a post-Ultimate Fighting Championship run that saw him bounce around several different organizations in search of the right deal.
“It was tough,” Michaud told Sherdog.com, recounting his 2015 release from the UFC. “I thought about it [often], but you can’t dwell on things like that.”
Even though he has moved on mentally, frustration comes through in his voice when he speaks about his three-fight stint with the Las Vegas-based promotion. The South Dakota native lost two of his three bouts inside the Octagon, sandwiching defeats to Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Jingliang Li around a unanimous decision victory over Garrett Whiteley. He believes an ill-advised weight cut left him with diminished abilities.
“I made a mistake and I tried to go down to 155 [pounds],” Michaud said. “I didn’t really carry my strength [and] speed. I didn’t really carry any of my athleticism down with me. At ’55, I was kind of big, but I wasn’t athletic anymore.”