Antonio McKee: “By the end of the year I should have the UFC lightweight belt”

Former IFL star, Antonio McKee has made a bold statement heading into his octagon debut this weekend at UFC 125 against Jacob Volkmann, saying by the end of the year he’ll have the UFC lightweight strap around his waist.

McKee, speaking via MMAFighting.com, said:

“By the end of the year I should have the UFC [lightweight] belt. I’ve got to get through [Jacob] Volkmann here, beat up Volkmann real quick, and after I get done with Volkmann they’ll think I’m serious and we can start moving forward and making progress.”

“Oh yeah, come on, man. I’ve got a four-fight deal, so I’d say that sounds about right. Randy [Couture] won the belt when he was about 44, right? I’ll be 41 by the end of the year, and I think McKee is made of a little better stuff than Randy, so I should have it by then.”

“I’m just going to go out here and bust people’s faces open, that’s all. I feel sad for the opponents, you know? 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.”

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