by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
Knockout specialist “Razor” Rob McCullough, tonight, is going to defend his WEC Lightweight title against Rich Crunkilton. This fight was supposed to happen back in May, but McCullough sustained a knee injury that sidelined him from the fight.
McCullough is coming off a seven-month layoff from his fight with Kit Cope, where he stopped the Muay Thai champion in less than three minutes.
“Razor” Rob was recently on MMAWeekly Radio to discuss his upcoming fight with Rich Crunkilton and his itch to get back into the cage. “I’ve been in the gym for too long. I want to get in the cage and work.”
Apparently, McCullough has been ready to go for a while now and he can’t wait to fight. “It’s been about six months. I’ve been training my ass off with my training partners,” McCullough said.
McCullough’s kickboxing skills are fantastic and he always puts on exciting fights. Just because many people label him as a kickboxer, McCullough doesn’t feel like he’s a one trick pony. “I feel comfortable anywhere. I train everywhere. My ground game is up to par. I’m conditioned to go 5 five minute rounds.”
While many people think that the way to beat McCullough is to put him on his back, that hasn’t been a very easy task for most of his opponents. “There’s a reason I haven’t been on the ground and on my back, because my takedown defense is up to par. I bust my ass every day doing it.”
Rich Crunkilton is not a pushover fight for McCullough though, with an impressive 14-1 record with his sole loss coming to Hermes Franca. “Razor” Rob acknowledges the dangers that Crunkilton possesses. “Yeah, he’s a gamer. Just like myself. He’s pretty crafty, so it’s gonna make for a good fight. I’m assuming his gas tank isn’t gonna be all that, and I don’t think he’s ever been hit as hard as I hit.”
While some people think that winning the belt is the highest honor, others believe that defending it means more. McCullough thinks every fight matters. “Every fight to me is a huge deal,” said the WEC Lightweight Champion. “Rich is a tough guy and he’s the #1 contender for a reason. I think knocking him unconscious and showing fans that ‘hey, I’m definitely a well rounded MMA guy’ is sweet.”
“Razor” Rob McCullough fights on adrenaline and it shows in each one of his fights. His fights are always exciting and he’s looking for the finish in every fight.
While he’s calm before the fight, he’s a different person when he gets in the cage. “Every time I fight, when I get in there and I get hit and going for takedowns, it’s game on.”
With the anxiety built-up in “Razor” Rob to fight, this bout has fireworks written all over it. Neither fighter is interested in going to decision and this will be the main event live on Versus tonight.
“It’s gonna be a hell of a fight. It’s gonna be a war. I’m not holding back at all. I’m ready to go. Hopefully he’s up to par.”