(Fight starts at 2:45. VidProps: YouTube/ ZombieProphetMMA)
Alas, we’ll never know if Antonio McKee really would have made good on his threat to retire if his MFC lightweight title match against Luciano Azevedo went to decision on Friday. McKee, who’d promised to beat Azevedo like he cheated him at dice, needed just three minutes, 11 seconds to stop the 26-year-old Brazilian, after gashing him open with a pair of nasty right elbows on (where else?) the ground.
Give McKee some credit, he doesn’t look like a boring fighter here. Though this fight is marred by an early low blow by Azevedo, McKee slams him to the mat immediately after the restart — “Boom-shaka-laka!” yells the always understated Michael Schiavello, at that point — and goes to work with punches and elbows. As soon as Azevedo sees his own blood – “Blood is absolutely pissing out!” shouts Schiavello, ever elegant – the fight is pretty much over. After that, it takes McKee an uncharacteristic extra minute on the mic before he starts saying crazy stuff. Then he calls out some UFC guys.
“I’m waiting for the UFC to release BJ (Penn) or Sean Sherk,” McKee finally says, after giving some lip service to boring stuff like working hard and getting better. “Somebody, so I can tear their ass up, too.”
Certainly on the basis of wins alone, McKee deserves a long-awaited shot in the UFC. And hey, with two straight stoppages now under his belt, who knows what might happen. Though at 40 years old and with a reputation as possibly the most boring fighter in all of MMA, I wouldn’t exactly hold my breath waiting for Dana to make the call.
It wouldn’t be an independent MMA show without some shaky refereeing, so naturally there is some confusion over the stoppage here. Though it seems pretty clear that Azevedo wants no mas after McKee lights him up with the elbows, it takes a few minutes for the officials to sort it out. Even McKee admitted he was a little mystified by the drawn-out nature of it all.
“I thought there was a little conspiracy going on,” McKee says. “But you know me, I’m a conspiracy man.”