MMA  > General MMA  > Antonio McKee To UFC
September 17, 2010, 01:37 PM
Antonio McKee has now signed a four fight deal with the UFC. He is an absolutely incredible grappler and has an absolutely smothering top game like a GSP or Ben Askren.

His biggest criticism is that he can sometimes be boresome, but his talent is undeniable. He can time his shot, put you on your back and hold you there.

Oh, and did I mention that he hasn't lost a fight in almost 8 years?

Here is his Wiki, for those of you who don't know who he is:

http://en .wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_McKee

What do you guys think about this?
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September 17, 2010  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I know him. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!! We have enough boring fighters in the LW division.

Interesting.

I have a few thoughts on this, but I'll wait till there are a few more comments.

September 17, 2010  02:52 PM ET

That was the first thought on my mind.... one more wrestler/grappler... just what UFC needs :)

Specially after all the debate on how "wrestlers are killing MMA", he will just add to the fire :)

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September 17, 2010  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Go for it C. Im curious now.

Alright, here goes.

Who are the top 4 155'ers in the UFC now (not counting BJ because he is at 170 for the near future)?

1. Frankie Edger
2. Grey Maynard
3. Kenny Florian
4. Sotoropolis

Who among these guys do you think will beat McKee? I don't think that any of them will.

Edgar and Maynards games are all centered around quick strikes and setting a takedowns. McKee is better moving and he is dam sure better at wrestling than either. He is able to evade strikes and use his explosive strikes.

Florian has proven in the past that he can't deal with a top game wrestler. Especially "boring" ones that can smother his hips and won't necessarily look to finish him and don't give any space for him to escape by bothering to strike. This is an example of Antonio McKee.

Sotoropolis' game is all about either getting on top or getting the room to work his rubber guard and deep half guard from bottom. How well will that work against a crushing wrestler who's specialty is smothering the hips of BJJ minded opponents. Delson Heleno is a lot better at that than Soto, and he didn't even get one good submission ATTEMPT on McKee.

BJ is the only fighter that can stop his takedowns, and frankly I'm not sure he can either.

I think that he will get a fight with Cole Miller right away (as a boring wrestler vs a guy who hates boring wrestlers). After that I think he gets one undercard fight against a mid-level fighter like Jim Miller or Clay Guida (more likely the latter). All of these are fights that he wins. Then one elite level fighter like a KenFlo or the loser of Edgar/Maynard, all of these I favor him fairly heavily in.

Then he gets his title shot in the fourth fight of his deal and takes the belt.

I really don't see the fighters at 155 that can beat him.

September 17, 2010  04:05 PM ET
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Edgar and Maynards games are all centered around quick strikes and setting a takedowns. McKee is better moving and he is dam sure better at wrestling than either. He is able to evade strikes and use his explosive strikes.

*explosive takedowns, not strikes.

September 17, 2010  04:17 PM ET

don't forget the young Charles Oliveira. IMO he is the "Jon Jones" of the LW division.

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September 17, 2010  04:57 PM ET
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He was awesome the other night, and won me money, so I like him now.

hhahahahaha

I didn't have money, but I was trully impressed and already in the bandwaggon.

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September 17, 2010  05:05 PM ET
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+160 Roni. Thats what he was. Nice.

then I am glad you enjoyed. I don't think he will give you these odd ever again!

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September 17, 2010  06:01 PM ET

How's McKee's cardio these days? He's not a young kid anymore.

September 18, 2010  12:41 AM ET
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How's McKee's cardio these days? He's not a young kid anymore.

That is a good question.

He has won several of his last fights via UD and several of them were 5 fives. Plus, someone that has been grappling in MMA that long has it down to a science when to relax and when to tighten.

September 18, 2010  01:41 PM ET
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Alright, here goes.Who are the top 4 155'ers in the UFC now (not counting BJ because he is at 170 for the near future)? 1. Frankie Edger2. Grey Maynard3. Kenny Florian4. SotoropolisWho among these guys do you think will beat McKee? I don't think that any of them will.

How can you properly gauge McKee against these fighters when his highest-profile win during his eight year unbeaten streak was against Marcus Aurelio, which was a split decision 7 years ago?

I think we've gotta see this guy fight a few times against guys that aren't starring in the main events at the state fair or local armory before we proclaim him a contender for the UFC LW title.

September 18, 2010  01:43 PM ET
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Antonio McKee has now signed a four fight deal with the UFC. He is an absolutely incredible grappler and has an absolutely smothering top game like a GSP or Ben Askren. His biggest criticism is that he can sometimes be boresome, but his talent is undeniable. He can time his shot, put you on your back and hold you there. Oh, and did I mention that he hasn't lost a fight in almost 8 years?Here is his Wiki, for those of you who don't know who he is: http://en .wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_McKeeWhat do you guys think about this?

Glancing at his record, he has TWO finishes in this eight year span, and one of them was due to injury. WOW.

September 18, 2010  03:12 PM ET
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Glancing at his record, he has TWO finishes in this eight year span, and one of them was due to injury. WOW.

He is what GSP is trying to become: He can take you down whenever he pleases and control you.

Why does he need to finish.

 
September 18, 2010  03:14 PM ET
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How can you properly gauge McKee against these fighters when his highest-profile win during his eight year unbeaten streak was against Marcus Aurelio, which was a split decision 7 years ago?I think we've gotta see this guy fight a few times against guys that aren't starring in the main events at the state fair or local armory before we proclaim him a contender for the UFC LW title.

Delson Helano was a higher caliber win that Aurelio when they fought.

I said it would be controversial, and only time will tell if I am right.

Bear in mind, I was the ONLY one on the internet who picked, from the beginning, that Pat Curran and Alexander Shlemenko would win their respective divisions in Bellator.

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