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Antonio McKee is Perfectly Capable of Having This Argument All By Himself, You Guys


(Antonio McKee, pictured here with the script he soon plans to flip. PicProps: amam-magazine.com)

Got to admit, when we brought you the news earlier this week that leading up to his UFC debut on Saturday Antonio McKee was comparing himself to Muhammad Ali, Don King and Tupac, we pretty much assumed our McKee reporting duties were done for the year. No dice, P-Nation. Lo and behold, not three days later McKee is back in an interview with Old Dad at MMA Fighting that strikes us as even crazier than the one before. During this latest conversation with Our Former Ben, McKee adopts a strategy of making a point, then immediately contradicting himself all while tossing in the prerequisite insane claims about his own greatness and occasionally referring to himself in the third person. Seriously, when you go third person and it starts looking like you might actually have a split personality? Shit is disconcerting.

In the course of this interview, McKee pretty well talks himself in circles, among other things contending that: Upcoming opponent Jacob Volkmann is either a really tough dude or just some poor sap he’s about to run out of the UFC; now that he’s scored a four-fight deal in the Octagon he’ll either go back to his conservative, decision-oriented game planning or he’ll keep busting heads as quickly as possible; and he’s still morally opposed to hurting his opponents, but will totally do it if the money’s right.

A few things McKee is unwavering about, though: He’ll be UFC lightweight champion by the end of 2011, at 40 years old age won’t be a problem because he’s “made from better stuff than Randy (Couture)” and he thinks MMA fans are barbaric and distasteful. C’mon, follow the jump to find out what a disgusting animal you are.


"Fighting is something I’ve been doing all my life, and I’m getting paid for it,” McKee says. “It’s kind of fun to do, based on the salary, but when I see the mentality of the people who are watching it, they’re so barbaric. I’m like, dude, what if that was your mom or your dad or your son out there getting knocked out? How would you enjoy the show then?

"See, I’m back there and seeing these fighters suffer, seeing them with their noses busted, in all this pain, on Vicodin and Oxy(contin). These guys are tearing their bodies up. You know, doing steroids and anything they can just to be somebody. And most of these guys are intelligent and have degrees. It’s kind of confusing. You go to school and get a degree to fight? I did this shit on accident. Growing up in the hood and dealing with criminals and crooks. I didn’t plan that. It was just an economic thing for me. Mama didn’t have no money."

First of all, “I did this shit on accident … Mama didn’t have no money,” is definitely in the running for best MMA quote of the year. Secondly, once again McKee chooses to walk the fine rhetorical line between wanting to get paid a lot of money to fight in front of people, but not particularly liking or respecting those people. Weird, right? It sort of makes him seem like a minimum wage waitress who is working largely for tips. She wants to get a good gratuity from the executive who comes in for a three martini lunch, but she secretly thinks the guy is a pig.

The way McKee sees it, his shiny new four-fight contract should work out nicely with his plans to be the 155-pound champ by the end of next year. Or as he puts it: “Beat up Volkmann real quick, and … we can start moving forward and making progress."

Hmmm, if you’re wondering if McKee really thinks it’s going to be that easy, well, yeah he does. He just hopes all these other UFC lightweights let him submit them ( … even though he says he won’t submit them …) to save him the trouble and spiritual dilemma of punching them in the face (… even though he says punching them in the face is what he really wants to do …).

"I feel sad for the opponents, you know?” McKee says. “I hope maybe they’ll just let me submit them, because I really don’t want to hurt them. What are they going to do, stop me from taking them down? Stop me from ground-and-pounding them? Stop me from hitting them with the elbows? Come on, you serious?

"Nobody’s going to stop McKee from doing that. I’ll do that when I need to and just hope they’re smart enough not to take too much face-bashing before they’re like, ‘McKee, go find an armbar please and get this over with.’ Because you know I ain’t looking for submissions; I’m looking to punish your face."

One or the other. Or both. Who knows. One thing we know for sure: Shit is going to be embarrassing if McKee messes around and loses to Jacob Volkmann.

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fatbellyfrank- December 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm
@rlh61, didn't think of that one, I think you may be 100% correct on that one!
rlh61- December 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Excellent point FBF...however I think he was referring to Chris Santos with the 'your dad or your son' comment...
fatbellyfrank- December 31, 2010 at 3:08 am
"I'm like, dude, what if that was your mom or your dad or your son out there getting knocked out? How would you enjoy the show then? "
Your Mom?????? how many MMA fans mothers are actively fighting at the moment?

Bizarre, totally bizarre, but we come to expect that from Mckee
DazedNConfused- December 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm
I love Mckee, I can listen to this kind of blabber all day. I kind of hope he does what he says, just fucks up Edgar and Maynard, then BJ moves down to try his luck and PLAOW he gets fucked up too. Then Aldo moves up and tries that leg kick shit, but Mckee practiced that shit ages ago, and just ground and pounds that fucker for 5 nasty rounds.

Yep that's my prediction.
DARKHORSE06- December 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm
I fucking love this guy. I could watch him all day.
Fedor Penn- December 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm
People sleep on this guy but I wouldn't be surprised if he comes in and wins some fights. I dunno about taking the belt but he may become a competitor for it. He is boring but can win fights by decision so he will fit right in with the UFC. I will say this though, what he did to Luciano Azevedo was brutal as shit and awesome.
DangadaDang- December 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm
First Toney
Then Sonnen
Now this douche

Aren't we seeing a pattern of failure hear? These bums talk up a good game and fail to deliver. What? Sonnen came close? Who gives a shit. Volkmann is a beatable opponent for this bum in particular, but we should really stop wasting our times with these types. This isn't fucking Flavor of Love, or even the Ultimate Fighter for that matter. This bum is going to fail, as did the rest of them.
Get Off Me- December 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm
I think Volkmann at 170 was a bad idea...seems as though he's the mike guymon of the 55's though...Chances are this won't make T.V.
ghostboner- December 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Somehow I doubt this prelim will be aired.
Smitty- December 30, 2010 at 11:43 am
Can anyone help me find some of that stuff Michael Jackson used to turn himself white? I'm a little embarrassed to be black right now.
El Guapo- December 30, 2010 at 11:41 am
He looks cracked out in that picture. And he sounds cracked out in the interview. But he fights like he's on Nyquil. What gives?

Mumbles, McKee. McKee, Mumbles. Now THAT would be a good reality show. "Muss see tellvision, nawmsayin"
GILL-uh-TEEN- December 30, 2010 at 11:33 am
@Bruce

that was profound.
Bruce_Buffer- December 30, 2010 at 11:23 am
McKee is the most entertaining wrestler in the LW division. Unfortunately, he only entertains OUTSIDE the cage.
rlh61- December 30, 2010 at 11:19 am
Uh, I smell bat-shit. Like "12 Monkeys" bat-shit crazy. But not quite 'Crazy Horse' crazy...that would be too much.
agentsmith- December 30, 2010 at 10:50 am
"Go find an armbar please and get this over with."

That's a pretty good line, too.
Kid Clam Curtains- December 30, 2010 at 10:42 am
Antonio McKee reminds me of a black snuggy that weighs 155 lbs
GILL-uh-TEEN- December 30, 2010 at 10:37 am
If there is any righteousnesses in the universe, please let McKee meet Sonnen at Welterweight.

I like this guy. What happened to his self produced reality series? That was great.
Fried Taco- December 30, 2010 at 10:37 am
McKee better leave my mom alone!
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