|Born||February 20, 1981|
Waterloo, Iowa, United States
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Team||Grudge Training Center|
High Altitude Martial Arts
Jackson's Submission Fighting
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Nate Marquardt|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Official UFC Fighter Profile
High Altitude Martial Arts
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Cody Scott Donovan (born February 20, 1981) is an American practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a retired mixed martial artist, who is perhaps best known for his four-fight stint in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2008, Donovan has also competed for Bellator.
Donovan was born in Waterloo, Iowa and is of Irish descent. He began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 17 and also worked as a security guard of a psychiatric ward of a hospital in Denver, Colorado before meeting Nate Marquardt, who introduced Donovan to mixed martial arts. Donovan attended the Art Institute of Colorado and graduated with a degree in media arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Donovan made his UFC debut on December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6 against Canadian Nick Penner, replacing an injured Eddie Mendez on nine days notice. He won the fight via TKO in the first round, earning Fight of the Night honors in the process.
Donovan was expected to face promotional newcomer Robert Drysdale on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167. However, Drysdale was refused a fighting license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and was replaced by Gian Villante. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.
After three consecutive KO/TKO stoppage losses, Donovan announced his retirement from MMA competition.
Donovan is married.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Titles
- High Altitude Martial Arts
- HAMA Light Heavyweight Championship (one time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||8 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||8–5||Nikita Krylov||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao||July 19, 2014||1||4:57||Dublin, Ireland|
|Loss||8–4||Gian Villante||TKO (punches)||UFC 167||November 16, 2013||2||1:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Ovince Saint Preux||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||1||2:07||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||8–2||Nick Penner||KO (punches)||UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson||December 15, 2012||1||4:35||Gold Coast, Australia||Fight of the Night|
|Win||7–2||Peter Nolan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Instinct Fighting 4||June 29, 2012||1||3:41||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||6–2||Brian Albin||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 38||March 26, 2011||3||5:00||Tunica, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||5–2||Xavier Saccomanno||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Full Force Fighting 1||January 29, 2011||2||3:12||Denver, Colorado, United States||Won Full Force Fighting Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||4–2||Cortez Coleman||TKO (corner stoppage)||C3 Fights: Slammin Jammin Weekend 5||August 7, 2010||1||N/A||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States||Fight stopped due to injury|
|Win||4–1||Ike Villanueva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ascend Combat: The Beginning||April 3, 2010||2||4:52||Shreveport, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Eric Smith||TKO (punches)||ROF 36: Demolition||December 4, 2009||1||3:18||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–0||Joe Stripling||TKO (punches)||Shogun Fights 1||October 24, 2009||2||1:16||Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
|Win||2–0||John Doyle||TKO (punches and elbows)||UWC 5: Man O' War||February 21, 2009||1||2:33||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Wade Drake||TKO (punches)||UWC 4: Confrontation||October 11, 2008||1||0:15||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
- "BJJ Black Belt". December 20, 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Eddie Mendez out of UFC on FX 6 with injury, Cody Donovan steps in". MMAjunkie.com. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
- Jason Floyd (June 4, 2013). "Ovince St-Preux vs. Cody Donovan added to UFC on FS1 #1". themmareport.com.
- Luke Thomas (October 3, 2013). "Robert Drysdale vs. Cody Donovan set for UFC 167". mmafighting.com.
- "Robert Drysdale denied UFC 167 license due to elevated T/E ratio". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
- "Gian Villante replaces Robert Drysdale, meets Cody Donovan at UFC 167". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- Staff (2014-04-29). "UFC Fight Night in Dublin adds Donovan-Krylov". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
- MMAjunkie Staff (2014-09-09). "UFC light heavyweight Cody Donovan announces retirement from MMA". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-09.