Prospect Michael McBride branched out recently in his training, heading North from Iowa to Wisconsin and working with the crew at Roufusport.
McBride, who is 4-0 in his pro career, will return to action October 25 in Des Moines for Resurrection Fighting Alliance against Emmanuel Sanchez. The card, and McBride’s bout, is expected to air on AXS TV.
“(The trip to Roufusport) was an awesome experience,” said McBride, during a recent interview with FightLine. “I got to train with (new UFC lightweight champion) Anthony Pettis, Erik Koch and a tone of other talented fighters.”
However, one bad thing did come of the trip, said McBride, as his next opponent was in the camp.
“Unfortunately, he and his team got a good look at what I’m bringing to the table,” he added.
Sanchez is 4-1 with two submission victories, but is coming off a loss to Lewis Gonzalez. All four of McBride’s wins have come via submission.
McBride, though, has some big-names himself to work with at home, as he plans to bring in Myles Jury and Jeremy Stephens “if everything goes right” for his October fight.
“I am really looking forward to that,” he said. “Both of them are great fighters and great guys.”
Earlier this year, McBride placed himself among the MMA royalty when he ventured out to Las Vegas for UFC 162, which featured Chris Weidman’s upset of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“I still can’t get over all of the connections I made out there,” McBride said. “I pretty much got a chance to meet all of the who’s who in the sport.”