("You see these? I’m gonna beat you without even hitting you with them. THAT’S how good I am.")
If we’ve learned anything in the past couple years, it’s not to believe fighters when they say, "If I , I will retire."
Maybe we need to institute another Cage Potato ban.
According to Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight champion Antonio McKee, his claim is different than those of guys like CroCop, Kurt Pellegrino, Quinton Jackson, Juanito Ibarra (I know he’s not a fighter, but I’m still pissed off that he welched on his retirement) and Georges St-Pierre as he claims he’s serious when he says he will walk away from the sport if his September 10 MFC 26 bout in Brandon, Manitoba with Luciano Azevedo goes to the judges’ scorecards.
“I’ve said before that I will fight differently but I was still cautious. Not anymore. I am going to destroy Azevedo," McKee claims. "I will mess him up. If it goes to a decision, I will leave my gloves in the ring and walk away."
The odds definitely don’t favor the 40-year-old Las Vegas born fighter, who finished his first fight in nine years when he defeated Rodrigo Ruiz at Collision under the Cage banner in March, considering 22 of his 29 and 11 of Azevedo’s 24 fights have gone the distance amounting to a 60 percent decision rate.
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Azevedo, who holds the distinction of being the only man to have beaten WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, is a decent fighter with a respectable, but not stellar 16-8 record, but at just 6-5 in his last 11 bouts, some might argue that he is a step down for McKee who faced Derrick Noble and Carlo Prater in his other two MFC appearances.
I guess we’ll just have to wait until September to see if McKee was crossing his fingers when he made the vow.