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Is Antonio McKee MMA’s Most Unapologetically Boring Fighter?

What you see here is Antonio McKee’s snoozefest of a fight against Carlo Prater at last night’s MFC 22, which also saw Travis Lutter nab a decision over Jason MacDonald and John Alessio knock out Luigi Fioravanti.  This was McKee’s fifth straight decision victory.  The last time he won by a different method was when Gabe Rivas hurt his knee midway through their bout and it was ruled a TKO.  McKee hasn’t lost a fight in over six years, but he also hasn’t finished anyone (not counting the injury to Rivas) in over eight years.  This is what McKee does.  He takes people down, does just enough to avoid a referee stand-up, and takes as few chances as possible.  He wins, but he also puts fans to sleep.  And the worst past about it?  He doesn’t care.

In an interview with MMA Fanhouse, McKee not only claimed to be the best wrestler in MMA and the best 155-pound fighter in the sport (said McKee: "At 155 I’d kick B.J. [Penn's] butt and everybody knows it that knows me"), but he also said, as he has numerous times, that he doesn’t "give a shit about the fans."   

I don’t think anyone — especially not Michael Schiavello or Guy Mezger, from the sound of things — would disagree with that last part.  And while I’m forced to respect something about a fighter who keeps at it even though he knows absolutely nobody wants to see him in action, I also can’t understand how he thinks he deserves these people’s money. 

If McKee doesn’t want to entertain, that’s fine.  But promoters should stop paying him to fight.  This is a sport, but it’s also entertainment.  That’s why people are paying for it.  McKee thinks it ought to be enough to win by any means.  It isn’t.  That’s why no one gives a damn about his winning streak but him. 

Please, promoters of the world.  You know what you’re getting when you book this guy.  You’re not only giving him money for something he isn’t delivering, you’re knowingly setting your crowds up to be disappointed.  Let McKee stay in his gym and wrestle all night for the pure love of competition if that’s what he wants.  But don’t make paying spectators sit through it.


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osiris431- October 5, 2009 at 8:32 am
Antonio McKee is the Kanye West of MMA.
Da Spied Her- October 5, 2009 at 8:27 am
I agree McKee is a boring ass fighter. I also hate it when baseball pitchers pitch no-hitters, and a football teams' defense shuts down the offense. I always turn that kind of shit off and watch bowling or golf instead.
Debacle- October 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Pass the fucking gwaurd already! And... for Antonio to start giving a shit about us, we must first give a shit about ourselves. You know deep down we like it, and he knows it too. He's a blueballin, cocktease version of a skanky slut fighter. You'll watch him if theres nuthin else available, but when you finally get him home, he tells you he's not that kinda girl. Then you realize you would've bin better off stayin home and jackin off to old Pride fights on the internet.Then he's still gonna go back to the bar and tell everbody about your attempt, no matter how much you regret it. You can deny it all you want, but technically, Antonio chalks up another W. And you still end up on the internet.
Momoplata- October 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm
ya that was one of the ugliest fights i've seen...if not the ugliest
pass the guard already...and guy on bottom...3 rounds of him in your guard and not 1 submission attempt
Harry Russo- October 4, 2009 at 12:14 am
His nickname Mandingo is a reference to a specific breed of slave. Only know that because of the movie Mandingo. The ending where the slave master makes the dude get into the cauldron of boiling water is good cinema.
LAS- October 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm
However, based on his gaudy record and current winning streak, I foresee McKee entering Cagepotato's next set of lightweight rankings at number 5.
whitey- October 3, 2009 at 9:13 pm
@ kill it Norton Anit-virus, dude
Jarekov The Great- October 3, 2009 at 9:03 pm
said McKee: "At 155 I'd kick B.J. [Penn's] butt and everybody knows it that knows me

cool story bro, the sad truth is your a fucking nobody. you fight shit fighters and wanna get amped. get the fuck over your self. Baby jay would make you look like a fucking amatuer. If this fight ever happened it would go like this.

1st round: bj drops antonio with a sexy left hook, bj jumps on him and locks in a peruvian neck tie.... tapping is for bitches.
Squirrelnuts- October 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm
@ One Two: Hows about a pink card with a picture of Kalib Starnes on it?
Osama- October 3, 2009 at 8:24 pm
kill it for comment of the week.
One Two- October 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm
They should come up with some sort of warning for boring fighters not trying to finish, maybe some sort of card or something, it could be a really bright color like say i don't know, yellow! so everyone knows they just got called a pussy.
kill it- October 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm
I don't know what you guys are complaining about. McKee provides us with the ability to multitask during an MMA fight. While we watch him we can do other important tasks, like: reading, eating, sleeping, crosswords, and googling Gina Carano nudes and getting our computers infected with all kinds of viruses that cost $236.00 to repair and our girlfriends make us sleep on the couch. That god damned McKee...
Clyde- October 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm
I think it would be better to give him to gray maynard, clay guida or someone like that and see if he enjoys a taste of his own, brain meltingly bland medicine. Say what you want about guida, he never looks lazy like this guy. Perhaps a decision loss or two may encourage him to make a bit more of an effort to finish.
The Death Penalty- October 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm
I'm not going to give this fucking asshole a break. Best 155'er in the world in one breath while trying to justify your boring fighting style with your age in another? Give me a break.

Feed this guy to BJ Penn and BJ will knock his block off
greenseed- October 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm
"You're going to get a standup war in this fight," said McKee, who has been undefeated since a 2003 decision loss to Karo Parisyan. "If I lose this fight it's because I stood up and I tried to bang and I got caught."

BAHAHAHAHA right Antonio
Marcer- October 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Eh, McKee's a near-40 year old man fighting in small shows with various 3 letter acronyms that nobody knows the meaning of. Give him a break, he's trying to make a living in a sport that's not only brutally tough, but one that he probably doesnt have a lot of time left in.
Osama- October 3, 2009 at 2:27 pm
"Cagepotato is taking food off Mckee's table"
knee_strike- October 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm
Wow. McKee is a total d-bag. Not only is he a boring fighter, he's also an arrogant prick. B.J. Penn would drop him like a bad habit.

Adam Bomb- October 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Damn. So truly, which is it? Fight too boring, you win but nobody cares. Fight balls-out, and you risk losing just enough to ruin your career. Is it just enough to please the fans? What makes the top-tier fighters so exciting while being so dominant?