Welcome to the UFC: Terrance McKinney

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Terrance McKinney
Terrance McKinney Credit: Rodney James Edgar/Cageside Press

The UFC is back this Saturday in a sold-out arena in Glendale, Arizona. UFC 263 will be headlined by a rematch between middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and challenger Marvin Vettori. In the co-main event, it’s another rematch between flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno. Also, the return of Nate Diaz features, as he will be back and taking on welterweight contender Leon Edwards. In the preliminary portion of the card in a lightweight bout, Matt Frevola (8-2-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) and Frank Camacho was supposed to go down. After Camacho was caught in a car wreck Camacho (luckily nothing life-threatening), he was forced to pull out. Now, it will be LFA’s Terrance McKinney who will debut opposite against Frevola.

Terrance “T.Wrecks” McKinney
Standing at 5’10″
Fighting at 155 lbs (lightweight)
26-years-old
Fighting out of Spokane, Washington, US
Training out of Warrior Camp
A pro record of 10-3
4 KO/TKOs
6 Submissions

How will McKinney fare in the UFC:

McKinney was a standout wrestler in high school that went on to wrestle in college. Although he’s dangerous on the feet the wrestling and grappling is where he excels. His wrestling is solid. He has a good single leg he completes in space. The grappling is good along with nasty ground and pound that’s probably his best weapon. Even in the guard he’s able to generate enough space and power to unload. His ground and pound a lot of times forces guys to give up their back and that’s why McKinney has four RNC’s.

McKinney wastes no time go after opponents and proves that with nine first-round finishes and seven under 90 seconds. On the feet, he’s extremely aggressive with his volume and just looking to mix it up. Sometimes he can be over-aggressive. McKinney does have fast hands and his head kick is something he loves to throw.

He’s been knocked out and has been submitted while on top so there are some concerns there. I’m not sold that he has a weak chin, because it was a knee that knocked him out. His submission defense is questionable but it was Darrick Miner that subbed him so no shame there. He starts so hard and so quick that his gas tank will wear as the fight goes on. McKinney is only 26 and has so many qualities to like. I believe McKinney has a bright future.

  • Striking: B
  • Kickboxing: B
  • Clinch: B
  • Wrestling: A-
  • Grappling: A
  • Striking Defense: C+
  • Takedown Defense: B
  • Cardio: C+
  • Biggest Strength: Wrestling
  • Biggest Weakness: Gas tank in late rounds

How he matches up with Frevola:

Frevola is much better than his UFC record indicates. Frevola is a heavy-handed wildman who has good wrestling. In a lot of ways, Frevola’s style is similar to McKinney. I think Frevola has a slight advantage on the feet as the power is on his side and he’s more composed. McKinney’s path to victory is to wrestle. Frevola has decent takedown defense. He’s not someone that just anyone can take down. Arman Tsarukyan heavily wrestled Frevola in his last fight. Due to the wrestling advantage and momentum, I’m siding with the newcomer McKinney.

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