Saturday, December 25, 2010

Will Antonio McKee's Wrestling Style Be Effective in the UFC?

Antonio McKee will make his long-awaited Octagon debut against Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125 on New Year's Day. The well-traveled lightweight who is the outgoing Maximum Fighting Championships lightweight champion, has not lost in his last fourteen outings. The self-proclaimed "best wrestler in MMA" has long been criticized for his "boring" decision-grinding style, but has vowed to work harder for early stoppages. So far, his last two wins have come by way of submission and TKO. Surely, McKee intends to transfer his early stoppage run to the UFC, but the critics will continue to have their say. Cageside Seats commented on McKee's controversial style (below), but really, how different is McKee's style from other wrestlers-turned-mixed martial arts like Jon Fitch or Gray Maynard? UFC 125 will be McKee's first proving ground for his style in the Octagon.

“This is McKee's big break, he's one of the best unknown fighters around, but will his style hinder him from climbing the ranks in the UFC? For McKee, he's not only fighting for his first UFC victory, but to insure that all the hard work he's put in to get there was not wasted. His fight may not be aired on the PPV broadcast, but he's certainly a fighter to look for."

QUOTE PROPS: CagesideSeats.com


MMAHotwire had the priviledge of interviewing Antonio McKee back in November. To listen CLICK HERE.

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