Monday, September 13, 2010

Revisiting Antonio McKee: The Man We all Love to Hate

     Let’s have a toast for the douchebags,
     Let’s have a toast for the assholes,
     Let’s have a toast for the scumbags,
     Every one of them that I know...
          -Kanye West, Runaway

When Kanye West sang the above lyrics on MTV's "Video Music Awards" Sunday evening, a dedication to Antonio McKee would've been fitting. McKee has probably been called every name in the book by MMA critics. He's been called arrogant and boring, often in the same sentence, and is known for stirring up controversy whenever a mic is placed in front of him but, one thing speaks for itself -- his record. McKee, the current Maximum Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion, boasts a 25-3-2 record of which he's suffered no losses since a 2003 decision to Karo Parisyan. Still, despite his 7-year blemish avoidance, McKee's name has not reached the world rankings. He's made calling out top lightweights, particularly those in the UFC, an interview habit, only to receive crickets on the other end. McKee has managed to keep his name in the buzz without UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, or Dream matches to his record. He led a successful 4-0 run in the now defunct IFL, but his career has sent him around the pro-circuit without any true major league action. Needless, to say at forty years old, Antonio McKee's career is on the downslope. So, what's next for McKee?

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