Terrance McKinney Is Ready To Make Waves As A UFC Lightweight

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Terrance McKinney Is Ready To Make Waves As A UFC Lightweight


Terrance McKinney Is Ready To Make Waves As A UFC Lightweight


Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

UFC lightweight prospect Terrance McKinney will be back in action on Saturday against Fares Ziam in a preliminary bout at UFC Vegas 43. McKinney has a chance to make a name for himself in the UFC, and Saturday’s bout will lead to more opportunities within the promotion for McKinney.

McKinney (11-3) is making his second appearance in the UFC on Saturday, and he will have the tough task of vanquishing Ziam, who is a fellow lightweight up-and-comer. For Ziam, this will be his fourth bout in the UFC and second fight in the calendar year. Some would believe that this will be a difficult fight for McKinney based on his opponent having slightly more experience in the UFC. Luckily for McKinney, he is used to rising to the occasion when people least expect him to.

At UFC 263 in June, McKinney made his UFC debut on less than one week’s notice. To be exact, McKinney made his debut just eight days after he headlined LFA 109 against Michael Irizarry on June 4. McKinney put away Irizarry in 72 seconds via a first-round TKO.

Just a few days later, an opportunity came about for McKinney to join the big leagues when Frank Camacho pulled out of his scheduled preliminary card lightweight bout against Matt Frevola at UFC 263. McKinney agreed to step in on extremely short notice and he made the most of the moment.

Heading into the bout against Frevola, McKinney was the betting underdog. He shocked the oddsmakers by knocking out Frevola in just seven seconds. That knockout holds the lightweight division’s record for the fastest knockout in UFC history.

After the record KO, McKinney celebrated by jumping to the top of the cage but he injured himself on the way down when he landed. Fortunately, McKinney was able to recover quickly.

“T.Wrecks” McKinney has plenty of experience overcoming hurdles in his life. On June 1, 2015, McKinney had a near-death experience in Spokane, Wash., when he was rushed to the hospital after taking several drugs. His heart stopped at least two times and he died while in the ambulance.

In a short feature story produced by the UFC, McKinney spoke on the aftermath of the situation that nearly took his life: “That changed the game for me, forever.”

For most people, it would be a daunting climb to better their life after a harrowing encounter like McKinney experienced. As a way to move forward, McKinney became an MMA fighter to better his life and get back on the right path.

He joined the sport with aspirations of becoming a UFC titleholder, which led him to Pablo Alfonso’s Warrior Camp gym in Spokane, Wash. The fighter and trainer formed a relationship that morphed into a professional career for McKinney.

McKinney made his professional debut in October 2017, and he rose up the professional ranks quickly. In July 2019, McKinney received the opportunity of a lifetime when he fought Sean Woodson on Dana White’s Contender Series. Sadly, McKinney came up short with a second-round KO loss to Woodson.

McKinney jumped back on the horse and continued his fighting career. Less than two years after his loss to Woodson, he caught the attention of the UFC with two outstanding performances in the LFA.

At 27-years-old, McKinney is still a prospect, but he has the skills to climb up the ladder in the lightweight division. People doubted McKinney in June, and he is here to prove all of the doubters wrong again. McKinney has spectacular knockout power and his finishing ability could propel him to greatness in MMA.


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