The savvy veteran McKee has not lost since 2003 but has garnered a reputation for dragging fights out. With a new aggressive mindset, McKee has declared he will retire from mixed martial arts if Azevedo lasts five rounds against him in a quest for the 155-pound championship belt.
“I’ve said before that I will fight differently but I was still cautious. Not anymore. I am going to destroy Azevedo … I will mess him up. If it goes to a decision, I will leave my gloves in the ring and walk away,” touted McKee, who trains out of Lakewood , California .
As much as I’d like to say this marks the definite end of McKee’s career (because the dude is gonna decision against decent talent, no doubt) there’s a few things worth noting:
- McKee actually managed to finish his last opponent, the 13-13 Rodrigo Ruiz, in the first round via submission. This is very impressive indeed since before then he only had one finish in 20 fights since 2001, and that was due to McKee’s opponent hurting his knee.
- This is an MFC press release, and they have been known to throw less than on-the-level stuff in those such as what a fighter owes in unpaid child support.
Still, if true, this is win-win for MFC. If McKee wins in exciting fashion, it starts to look like they have a lightweight champ who isn’t the dictionary definition of Lay n Pray. If he loses, he gives up the belt and walks away.