Terrance McKinney claims perfecting flying knee just before UFC Vegas 81, sets sights on Chris Duncan at UFC 296.

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Terrance McKinney claims perfecting flying knee just before UFC Vegas 81, sets sights on Chris Duncan at UFC 296.

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Originally set to square off against Chris Duncan, the Scottish fighter faced visa delays. McKinney remained hopeful to stay on the card but weeks passed without progress. However, during fight week, a new opponent was secured, bringing relief to McKinney.

“It was challenging to stay motivated, but my coach emphasized readiness and resilience. I was doubtful about the fight. My coach encouraged me to stay prepared, so I continued training. Fortunately, we found a replacement opponent, and I was thrilled,” McKinney shared on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com.

During the fight, McKinney felt in top form and executed a well-placed flying knee within seconds, flooring Brendan Marotte.

McKinney revealed that he had practiced the flying knee just moments before walking out. He was pleased to see it effectively end the fight at UFC Vegas 81.

“We knew he would defend by crunching down and covering up. We rehearsed that backstage right before I made my entrance. Typically, I use the rear knee, but we switched to the lead knee… I thought the referee could have stopped it right after I dropped him; the knee strike was clean. But, I knew he was almost finished, so I landed a couple of hammer fists, and that was it,” McKinney recounted.

Following his victory over Brendan Marotte at UFC Vegas 81, Terrance McKinney aspires to fight again this year. He expresses interest in a rematch against Chris Duncan at UFC 296, scheduled for December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I’d prefer Chris Duncan, but I’m open to facing anyone, anytime, anywhere. It’s time for me to perform in front of the fans. Being on the last pay-per-view of the year would be fantastic,” McKinney concluded.

Reference

https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/terrance-mckinney/terrance-mckinney-says-he-drilled-the-flying-knee-just-moments-before-walking-out-at-ufc-vegas-81-eyes-chris-duncan-at-ufc-296/

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