40-year old Antonio McKee will be making his UFC debut this Saturday night against Jacob Volkmann and he believes that this bout will be the first step on his way to winning the UFC lightweight title. Speaking during an interview on the Sherdog Radio Network’s The Savage Dog Show, McKee predicted his ascension to the top of the division and talked about his upcoming fight with Volkmann.
“It felt like they done messed up and let the wrong brother in the UFC now,” McKee said. “I’m coming to get the title.”
McKee has taken criticism in the past for his safety-first style, but the aggressive self-promoter has finished his last two fights and plans on doing the same for the remainder of his career. He believes that, even at 40 years old, he is entering into what will be the best phase in his career.
“I’m just getting started,” McKee said. “See, the last three fights you seen, you all been getting what you all want. But I’m just getting started. I’m just getting warmed up right now. Once I start getting hot, boy, you all gonna have to deal with this.”
Along with asserting that his wrestling is superior to Volkmann’s, McKee explained that his drive and motivation are stronger than his opponent’s and that what he brings to the table will be like nothing else Volkmann has dealt with.
“I’m ready to go to war and I don’t think he’s ready to really deal with what I’ve been dealing with,” McKee said. “He’s a great guy. I’ve studied him. I’ve watched his tapes. I’ve looked at his lifestyle, his home, his family. He’s a chiropractor. I mean, I don’t even know why this guy fights. I fight to survive. I fight to eat. I fight to feed my kids. I don’t know why he fights. I think he fights for the glory of it, and I think you know what? You done pushed up on the wrong opponent this time, bro, because I’m coming to get it. This is my life, my future, my career.”
“Mandingo’s” record currently stands at 25-3-2, with eighteen of his wins coming by way of decision, four by submission and three by TKO.