Terrance McKinney is no longer just a wrestler.
The 26-year-old is making quite the case for his striking ability as of late. He is fresh off a first-round TKO stoppage after raining down punches on Michael Irizarry Ortiz in the LFA 109 headliner this past Friday, June 4.
He is on a three-fight win streak, all by the way of TKO/knockout. Whether it’s a head kick or brutal ground and pound, McKinney is finding a way to finish fights fast.
“That was like the last thing I was missing because everyone knows my pedigree as a wrestler because I wrestled in college, so once I get the hands going, I feel like I am ready for the top 10 UFC right now,” McKinney said.
“It’s more I’m willing to trade hands, I already told people I’m here to do one thing and that’s knock people out.”
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) June 5, 2021
Terrance McKinney says he can hang with the UFC’s top 10
McKinney is fighting like he found a secret recipe. Since moving up to 155 pounds in March, he rattled off three-consecutive victories in under a total of 1:45.
McKinney never struggled with power throughout his career. He knocked out Jeff Coleman in a welterweight affair back at Conquest of the Cage in February 2019.
In fact, McKinney never won a bout via TKO/Knockout at the featherweight limit. McKinney claims he always had power, but it’s the attention to detail making the difference.
“I think I am just more technical and clean with my punches now, so they just have a little more pop to it,” McKinney said. “I’ll be able to hang with any of them [Lightweights] in the standup right now.”
A long time coming for Terrance McKinney
McKinney made the move back to lightweight after suffering back-to-back losses to Derrick Minner and Sean Woodson. He missed an opportunity after suffering a second-round flying knee to Woodson on Dana White’s Contender Series in July 2019.
Minner and Woodson are both currently in the UFC with winning records. McKinney fought both of those contests with a torn labrum and with a fracture in the bottom part of his shoulder.
He decided to undergo surgery following a first-round submission defeat to Minner in October 2019.
“Before I was injured, I was finishing everyone,” McKinney said. “A healthy Terrance is a dangerous Terrance.”
Making up for lost time
The lightweight is clearly making up for lost time.
McKinney is off to a memorable 2021, going 3-0 just half way into the year. With six wins by submission and his recent surge in striking, the Washington resident is presenting a problem for the lightweight division.
He is yet to go to a decision and with his recent showcase, McKinney is just getting started.
“I am just going to trust in God’s process and hopefully I’ll be fighting in the UFC before the year ends,” McKinney said. “I’ll fight next week or this week, it doesn’t matter, I am always ready to fight.”
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