2014 was a year that was supposed to yield big things for Canadian lightweight Andrew “Andrewconda” McInnes, but unfortunately things did not work out that way.
After working his way onto the national stage with Maximum Fighting Championships, McInnes was on the verge of fighting for his first major title when things fell out from underneath him.
“The MFC, the promotion I was fighting for, kind of fell apart as soon as I’d worked my way to a title shot,” McInnes told MMAWeekly.com. “I did submit Ryan Healy, and he’s a guy I always looked up to, so it was a big accomplishment for me, but it’s a smaller thing in the big picture, I believe.”
McInnes is unsure if his MFC title fight will ever happen, and as such has taken up residence now in the World Series of Fighting.
“It’s still up in the air,” said McInnes. “(MFC Promoter) Mark Pavelich hasn’t officially said that it’s over. I’d really like to get my hands on (Tom Gallicchio), who is champion. I think I would smash him up real easy. I’m not going to hold my breath.
“I’m happy to be fighting with the WSOF right now.”
McInnes (5-1) will make his promotional debut at WSOF 18 on Thursday in Calgary, when he squares off against veteran Cody McKenzie (15-6) in a welterweight showdown.
“He’s an experienced guy who has more fights just in the UFC than I do total,” McInnes said of McKenzie. “He has more in-ring experience, having gone to decisions, whereas I only have 12 minutes of actual fight time because I’ve finished guys so fast.
“I think he and I have had similar hands dealt to us. But I’ve played my hand perfectly, and he played his hand extremely poorly.”
While his quest for a title was derailed, McInnes feels it’s only a matter of time before he claims a belt he feels he deserves.
“Right now because the WSOF is treating me so well, I’d like to work my way up and get that shot at (Justin) Gaethje,” said McInnes. “I believe I can beat anybody in the world at 155 pounds.
“If the cards fall where they should, I see myself fighting Gaethje before the year is over and taking him out.”