McKee finished the match tonight with some vicious ground and pound (Photo by Rob King).
Antonio McKee Scores First Round TKO of Luciano Azevedo
Edmonton, Alberta (Friday, September 10, 2010) – Antonio McKee (24-3-2) refuses to let anyone slow him down, including Father Time. The 40-year-old Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) Lightweight Champion continued a seven-year unbeaten streak tonight at MFC 26: Retribution, at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, stopping challenger Luciano Azevedo (16-9) at the 3:11 mark of the opening round.
“Like I told (MFC owner) Mark Pavelich, I said ‘if I don’t get this sucker out of here in the first or second round, I’m retiring,’” McKee stated in a post-fight interview. “But I guess it’s true, you can teach an old dog new tricks.”
Known for his superb wrestling, it was devastating strikes and elbows that McKee used to dispose of Azevedo tonight. A newfound focus in his training is what McKee credited for the change in his normal game plan.
“I’m working hard every day,” he said. “My ground is getting relentless in pounding. I’m working on my strikes. I got a little more comfortable.”
McKee looked comfortable from the onset of this match, and he immediately took control. The fight started with an exchange from the stand-up position until an unintentional groin kick by Azevedo caused a short delay while the champion recovered. Once the action resumed, McKee quickly went for the clinch on his opponent and slammed him to his back in the center of the ring. He then moved into the full mount and began to display some impressive ground and pound. With Azevedo choosing to remain in the closed guard from the bottom, McKee rolled him to the ropes, which is where he closed out the bout. He first landed a huge left hand to the cheek of his opposition, and the California native then blasted Azevedo with an absolutely devastating right elbow. The blow immediately opened a huge gash to his left brow, which caused the Brazilian Muay Thai specialist to roll to his stomach and surrender the fight.
“I was trying to psyche him out with a bunch of punches and then come right after the elbow,” McKee reflected. “You know what? I just feel so strong and brutal down there. I don’t fear anybody.”
The MFC Lightweight Champion then called out former UFC Lightweight Champions B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk, saying he would love to get a crack at both of them.
In the second feature of the MFC 26: Retribution co-main event, Douglas Lima submitted Ryan Ford in the second round via an arm bar.