After a strong showing in the amateur ranks, Irish prospect Rhys McKee has had a strong start to his professional career.
Since turning pro nearly a year ago, McKee has won all three of his fights, with three finishes, quickly establishing himself as someone to watch in the 145-pound division.
“I feel my first 3 fights have been a whirlwind,” McKee told MMAWeekly.com. “I feel I have only shown a tiny piece of what I’m about, but I’m happy with my fights. Two knockouts and a submission, I can’t be (disappointed with) that! I love finishes.”
When it comes to turning pro, McKee doesn’t see a huge difference in how he handled business in the amateur ranks, but he admits he takes a more serious mindset into his fights now.
“To be honest I don’t notice a huge jump I’ve always prepared as a pro and trained with high level pros so the transition was smooth,” said McKee.
“I find it a lot easier to get motivated now though, (because) there is no room for slacking at pro. It’s no longer a hobby at this level. Every contest is important, but of course my (amateur) experience helped prepare me (for this).”
McKee (3-0) will seek his fourth straight win when he returns to BAMMA on in Dublin, Ireland against veteran Tommy McCafferty (6-2) in a preliminary card 145-pound bout on September 10.
“Tommy is no joke, (he’s a) well-decorated striker with a few world titles,” McKee said. “It’s a great win for me (to defeat him).
“I know my keys to victory and what I need to do to achieve it. I’m comfortable everywhere in the fight. I’m looking for the finish regardless where the fight goes. I’m training hard I’ll be well prepared.”
With a win over McCafferty, McKee sees only one logical step afterwards; challenging for his first major MMA championship.
“I want that BAMMA title,” said McKee. “With Marc Diakiese being signed to the UFC, I definitely would like a crack at (the vacant 155-pound title) maybe against someone who competed for it before. I’d be up for that!
“I’d like two more fights after this next one if possible, but for now Tommy is my only focus.”