Rhys McKee is aiming to point out the world precisely why Dana White known as him a ‘badass’ after making his long-awaited UFC debut.
The Northern Irishman was finally defeated by the ferocious Khamzat Chimaev on Combat Island.
Nevertheless, McKee accepted the battle on simply six days’ discover and had not wrestled in any respect for greater than ten weeks.
It nonetheless proved to be a heartwarming second as Cage Warriors boss Graham Boylan recorded the second ‘Skeletor’ found he was going to be making his UFC bow.
Regardless of the tears and the sheer shock of the momentous event, McKee instructed talkSPORT.com he wouldn’t change it for the world.
He stated: “The easiest way to explain it’s actually eight years of labor into one second, into one two-minute telephone name.
“Since that telephone name, life is simply completely different. I don’t understand how it’s completely different, however life is simply completely different.
“It was simply an extremely emotional time and I keep in mind understanding it was videoed on the time and considering, ‘I’m going to remorse blabbing right here!’
“However I’m so pleased with that second and it’s eight years of labor into one video.
“So, I can’t be embarrassed and I can’t be scared to point out individuals. I may must tone it down!”
Though the battle with Chimaev didn’t go his means, McKee feels as if there’s a lot extra to return at this stage.
After success in BAMMA after which three straight wins in Cage Warriors, it turned clear the 24-year-old welterweight has all of the instruments wanted to make it on the prime stage.
One one that recognises that is UFC president White, who described McKee as ‘legit’ and a ‘badass’ for taking the Chimaev on such quick discover.
However when the door shuts on Saturday evening and locks the Northern Irishman in with Alex Morono on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, McKee is doing all he can to show he deserves the popularity.
“It’s good, in fact,” McKee added. “However, till I’ve executed one thing with UFC gloves and provides him the appropriate to speak about my battle or pay me a £50ok bonus, it’s good to listen to however it doesn’t actually imply a lot.
“It doesn’t imply a lot till I put individuals to sleep with the UFC gloves. As soon as I try this, and begin racking up bonuses, then in my very own head I’ll deserve that ‘badass’ standing!”
“I don’t plan on placing a punch mistaken this complete battle,” McKee continued. “Once more I’ve labored too arduous, I’ve had 14, 15 weeks and I’ve visualised every thing – it simply went too properly.
“Clearly, there was adversity with the pandemic, however I simply assume I’m a special stage and I consider Saturday goes to point out it.
“I simply can’t see what I’m bringing to the desk being far more than sufficient. However once more, I’m coming for a bonus, I’m coming for 2 bonuses if that’s an choice!
“I’m simply after a extremely good evening on Saturday.”