He's been a big fish in a small pond for a long time. Tonight former MFC champ Antonio McKee makes his UFC debut. Photo via MaximumFighting.com
Lightweights Antonio McKee and Jacob Volkmann will meet in a lightweight bout at UFC 125 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight might be broadcast on tape delay during the Pay Per View event if time allows. Otherwise it should be available at UFC.com on Monday.
McKee is a 40 year old UFC debutante known for boring fights and exciting trash talk. He's been fighting as a professional Mixed Martial Artist since 1999 and brings an 11 fight win streak into the UFC. His wrestling-based style saw him go 4-0 in the IFL and has brought him 18 decision wins in 30 fights. Most recently he has reigned over Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship's lightweight division with his last two wins by TKO and submission in the first round.
Volkmann is ten years younger than McKee and has a series edge in UFC experience going 2-2 with the promotion since 2009. But both of his UFC losses were at welterweight, he's 2-0 since cutting down to 155lbs with decision wins over Paul Kelly and Ronnys Torres.
Bloody Elbow's own Leland Roling broke down McKee vs Volkmann:
Jacob Volkmann (11-2, 2-2 UFC) vs. Antonio McKee (25-3-2, 0-0 UFC): Most fans who've watched Antonio McKee battle under the MFC banner in Canada are unenthusiastic at the thought of "Mandingo" bringing his style of cautious ground and pound and smothering wrestling ability into the Octagon. At 40 years of age, it hard to fathom that McKee would be successful in those tactics, but he's proven to be a cardio machine who can out wrestle nearly anyone put in front of him. McKee would like you to believe he can out wrestle even the best the UFC has to offer, and to be perfectly honest -- I'm quite intrigued at the possibility of seeing him try to accomplish that feat.
Volkmann is also a wrestler who has some limited capabilities in the stand-up game, but he hasn't been very successful in implementing his background inside the Octagon. McKee will provide a fairly straight-forward approach in this match-up, and that should help Volkmann focus on the task at hand. But I'm skeptical in the thought that he can stop McKee's relentless threat of takedowns. McKee loves to wear down his opponents, and Volkmann doesn't offer much hope if he can't stop McKee's wrestling. I'm under the assumption that he can't.
An in-depth video portrait of McKee is in the full entry.