Antonio “Mandingo” McKee may have just put the nail in his career’s coffin by showing up to defend his MFC lightweight title massively overweight.
The oft-controversial grappler was scheduled to defend his belt against Brian Cobb at MFC 32 tomorrow at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, but tipped the scales today at 162-pounds, seven pounds over the lightweight limit for a title fight.
As a result, McKee has been stripped of his title and will reportedly be cut from the promotion following this appearance. The fight has also been downgraded to a three round, non-title affair.
After finally making it to the UFC, the 41-year-old McKee was cut from the promotion after losing just one fight, a lackluster split decision to Jacob Volkmann early last year. Having possibly (likely) burnt his bridge with Zuffa by comparing them to slave masters, McKee’s paths to MMA prominence continue to dwindle.
The full MFC 32 weigh-in results are below, courtesy Top MMA News:
-Middleweight: Allen Hope (186) vs. Brendan Kornberger (184.6)
-Lightweight: Garret Nybakken (155) vs. Matt Jelly (155)
Main Card (HDNet)
-Lightweight: Dan Ring (154) vs. James Haddad (158)*
-Welterweight: Jamie Toney (169) vs. Kyle Jackson (170)
-Welterweight: Dhiego Lima (171) vs. Nathan Coy (169)
-Welterweight: Ryan McGillivray (171) vs. Diego Bautista (170)
-Lightweight: Antonio McKee (162)* vs. Brian Cobb (155.6)*
-Light Heavyweight: Dwayne Lewis (205) vs. Wilson Gouveia (204)
*Haddad, McKee and Cobb all missed weight. Haddad must forfeit twenty percent of his purse.