After a long and successful career outside the Octagon, Antonio McKee will finally make his UFC debut on Jan 1 as the wrestling and grappling stand-out will head to UFC 125 and take on Minnesota fighter Jacob Volkmann in a lightweight bout on the card.
The news of the fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the bout on Saturday. The fighters have verbally agreed to the contest, but no bout agreements have been issued yet.
Having gone undefeated since a 2003 loss to Karo Parisyan, Antonio McKee (25-3-2) has gone on a tear through organizations like the IFL and most recently the MFC, where he became the Canadian promotion’s lightweight champion. While McKee has been dominant, his style has been less than exciting which prompted the fighter to guarantee a stoppage in his last fight or he would call it a career.
The gamble paid off.
McKee sliced open Luciano Azevedo with a vicious elbow strike earnging him the win in their fight September 10, and just days later the California fighter known as “Mandingo” got the call to come to the UFC.
Trying to stop McKee’s win streak will be Minnesota fighter and former Minnesota Golden Gopher’s wrestler, Jacob Volkmann (11-2) who has remained unbeaten himself since dropping to 155lbs two fights ago.
After a rough start in the UFC, Volkmann decided to make the move to lightweight and since that time he’s racked up wins over Ronys Torres and Paul Kelly. He will look to make it 3 for 3 when he faces McKee in January.
There’s been no official word from the UFC about the upcoming card on Jan 1, but lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is expected to defend his title against Gray Maynard in the main event for the Las Vegas card. More fights should be confirmed in the coming weeks for the first UFC event of 2011.