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Antonio McKee Implies Racism Of Him Not Being In The UFC | Steve Rattlesnake

In an interview with Ben Fowlkes, Antonio McKee the current MFC LW champion and undefeated in the last 7 years somewhat blames racism of him not being in the UFC despite carrying a winning record under his belt.

I’m the best at what I do. I already know that. You see all these guys doing the same thing now, and I’m better than all those guys who think they can do that. Sean Sherk, what does he do? He throws that sloppy overhand right with a blast double-leg. Matt Hughes, what does he do? Georges St. Pierre, he doesn’t even get hit anymore. And afterwards, he says, ‘I’m not a brawler; I’m a mixed martial artist.’ And then you have people talking about how great he is.

I do exactly what you saw him do, but better! I think a lot of it is racist. And I’m not saying racist against all black people necessarily, but racist towards me. You have these white guys who do the same exact thing, why doesn’t anyone say this stuff about them?

Why are they handpicking the minorities? Is it because you’ve got all these white guys, Harley-Davidson, Jack Daniels type people out there buying all the expensive tickets? Because I can understand that, but at least come out and say it. Don’t tell me you got the best in there, because that’s bs.

Actually, the UFC is interested. You know what I know, it’s not just about how good you are. There’s a lot of other factors involved. I probably shouldn’t say this because it might come back to bite me, but you remember when they brought back the 155 [pound] division. The guy that had stood with them the longest there was Yves Edwards. He lost one fight, got triangled, then had a stoppage due to a cut against Joe Stevenson and they cut him. What? You got white guys who have been knocked out three or four times and keep coming back. Chuck [Liddell] has been knocked out so many times they need to make a stone with his name on it. Now, if anyone should have gotten a shot at the title, it should have been Yves Edwards. But it wasn’t.

McKee On Jon Fitch:

He’s still fighting in the UFC, still making big dollars. And, the big difference is, he’s not undefeated for eight years. I’m saying find someone to kick my a–, shut me up, and I’ll retire.

When asked about the race is the reason why many fans don’t like to watch him fight:

No, not at all. I feel that way, but I don’t think that way. The reason I feel that way is because I don’t do anything different than Sean Sherk, Matt Hughes, St. Pierre. I do nothing different from them, except I do it better than them. Why did they let Yves Edwards go? He was a stand-up banger. Why didn’t he get a rematch against Joe Stevenson? He got cut, but he was ahead on the scorecards. I understand. It’s a business. It’s not about who’s the best.
 

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I agree about him saying it's all business to them, they dont actually have the best fighters it's there way of presenting them to make them look the best, racism ? I dont think so, but the UFC really does have a weird way of giving certain ppl title shots when they haven't deserved them and sometimes when they deserve them they dont get it till years later. Brock truly isnt the best hw fighter in the world if any1 actually believes that they are fooled dearly by the UFC, infact theres atleast 2 other hw's in other organizations and 2 in UFC itself that are better then Brock but guess who fills the seats? and sell the ppv tickets, yep thats why he's champ :p

Also why is it that Jon Jones is brought up slowly? well it's kinda obvious he can hang with the top 10 but they dont want that yet because his name isnt as big as Shogun's, Rampage and Rashad's.
 

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Damn that racist UFC. With it's rampage, then rashad as LHW champs... and Anderson Silva... And bones... And the countless other people involved that aren't just "white"

Oh wait, he's just full of crap. Am I the only one getting a vibe from many different places now that white people are racist, but they're not necessarily trying to be racist, it just happens that way?...
 

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Who of any note has Mckee actually ever beaten? No-one!
The UFC definitely does make some weird decisions over who gets cut and who gets another chances. I think that is all to do with Dana's preferences rather than any race thing though!
 

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I agree with him that the UFC is a business first and is concerned more about making money than having the truly best fighters in the world in their organization (see: Kimbo Slice, Brock Lesnar, James Toney, etc.). However, i dont think race has anything to do with it. There are a ton of black guys in the UFC and you could even argue that fans are more enticed by a scary black champ than a white one. And even if the fans are a bunch of hicks who hate blacks, then wouldnt they love to see a black guy get beat up in a cage?
The race card doesnt apply here IMO.
 

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Maybe if he fought some half decent competition the UFC would be interested. Pulling the racism card is pathetic.
 

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Nah, didn't you read the article? He's better than Jon Fitch, Georges St-Pierre, Matt Hughes and Sean Sherk. ;)
 

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He's probably right....now that I think of it, there isn't a single lay and pray black fighter in the UFC, unless you count Rashad. Even, he basically had to run a guantlet against guys nearly twice his size to get on.


Gerald Harris was one of the few guys to go on TUF and not get a fight at the Finale, but was later signed after getting a bunch of KOs on the "Bum Fighting Curcuit".

Hm, yep....Not really racism on the orgs part as more of marketing and business. He'd be more marketable if he was a rugged white guy like Fitch, otherwise, most of the black fighters are supposed to be explosive fast-twitch fighters.

However, McKee should stay on the Bum Fighting Curcuit or go to a place like Bellator. He's a 40 year old lay and prayer with nearly no notable wins. Funny, the only people who play the race card are people unqualified to use it.
 

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He's probably right....now that I think of it, there isn't a single lay and pray black fighter in the UFC, unless you count Rashad. Even, he basically had to run a guantlet against guys nearly twice his size to get on.


Gerald Harris was one of the few guys to go on TUF and not get a fight at the Finale, but was later signed after getting a bunch of KOs on the "Bum Fighting Curcuit".

Hm, yep....Not really racism on the orgs part as more of marketing and business. He'd be more marketable if he was a rugged white guy like Fitch, otherwise, most of the black fighters are supposed to be explosive fast-twitch fighters.

However, McKee should stay on the Bum Fighting Curcuit or go to a place like Bellator. He's a 40 year old lay and prayer with nearly no notable wins. Funny, the only people who play the race card are people unqualified to use it.
Most sensible post yet, lots of idiots in here not even willing to exam his gripe..They just see an ethnic minority use the 'r' word and automatically dismiss it
Damn that racist UFC. With it's rampage, then rashad as LHW champs... and Anderson Silva... And bones... And the countless other people involved that aren't just "white"
How do these athletes talents refute the notion that the ufc is racist?

this isnt prowrestling where a vince mcmahon figure scripts 'worked' matches and hand picks which wrestler is going to run with the ball..These guys are good & were going to be good despite dana..Rahad was obviously the real "undedog" TUFer but it was more catchy/marketable to give forrest that moniker (due to ufcs core audience) They had their rocky figure that looked like them (who they could live vicariously through) And another thing the ufc didnt intend on Rashad beating liddell or forrest it just blew up their face..

Rampage was told he would have 2 or 3 tune ups so he could be acclimated to the cage and ready for liddell.The moment zuffa saw him struggle (somewhat) with eastman they went back on their word..They didnt intend of rampage beating liddell.But when he did they put his first title defence in another country for free (which is good for fans bad for his wallet)Then there was the whole forrest fiasco which always struck me has odd that dana never even "entertained" a rematch..

The only black fighter that got the lesnar (hotshot treatment) was anderson but that is because the MW division was very much like the SF LHW division today..
 

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Antonio McKee Implies Racism Of Him Not Being In The UFC | Steve Rattlesnake
I think a lot of it is racist. And I’m not saying racist against all black people necessarily, but racist towards me.
I like this line. 75% of his wins are via decision, and we all know how much Dana loves's Fitch's 55%, maybe he just doesn't find you as a marketable fighter. Although he may have a point about the race, he would likely be announced as having the darkest skin pigment in the history of the UFC. That could hamper the UFC's penetration in to the young, white male audience...
 

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No, he's probably not right, he's not even close.
He's probably right....now that I think of it, there isn't a single lay and pray black fighter in the UFC, unless you count Rashad. Even, he basically had to run a guantlet against guys nearly twice his size to get on.


Gerald Harris was one of the few guys to go on TUF and not get a fight at the Finale, but was later signed after getting a bunch of KOs on the "Bum Fighting Curcuit".

Hm, yep....Not really racism on the orgs part as more of marketing and business. He'd be more marketable if he was a rugged white guy like Fitch, otherwise, most of the black fighters are supposed to be explosive fast-twitch fighters.

However, McKee should stay on the Bum Fighting Curcuit or go to a place like Bellator. He's a 40 year old lay and prayer with nearly no notable wins. Funny, the only people who play the race card are people unqualified to use it.
 
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