Maximum Fighting Championship officials today confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee has been stripped of his belt and will be released from his contract following Friday night’s fight.
McKee came in seven pounds over weight at Thursday’s MFC 32 weigh-ins, according to a report by Sherdog.com.
The fight will still go on, but the report also noted that McKee was immediately stripped of the belt and would be released shortly after his fight against Brian Cobb, which is now a three-rounder.
McKee has undergone a tumultuous year with the MFC, taking off briefly for the UFC, but then returning after a one-fight stint in the Octagon.
He was expected to defend his lightweight belt against Drew Fickett upon returning, but couldn’t due to a knee injury. McKee was then either stripped of the belt or vacated – depending upon whose side of the argument you land on – but then was reinstated after a suitable belt for the vacant title never came together.
Thursday’s weigh-in incident is the culmination of all the ups and downs of the past year, now apparently leading to a final fight for MFC with no future in sight.
MMAWeekly.com will have more on this story as it develops.