GracieFighter.com: McKee leaves IFL to fight Shields

According to a press release that’s available on GracieFighter.com, Antonio McKee has reportedly resigned from the IFL in order to fighter Jake Shields at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on October 19.

Antonio Mckee with his undefeated streak in the IFL was given an ultimatum by the IFL when he was approached by an up and coming new promotion for a fight against the well respected and decorated Jake Shields. Making news and headlines, Mckee respectfully resigned from the IFL to take the fight against Shields stating he has something to prove to the entire world that this fight will be the most explosive fight this year at 170 pounds and wants to answer the call to all those who want to see a retooled and redefined McKee aside from his ever potent wrestling game.

This is surprising news considering McKee was slated to compete in the IFL’s first-ever welterweight World Grand Prix this fall. He most recently competed in the IFL semifinals for the Tokyo Sabers against Delson Heleno of the New York Pitbulls on August 2 in East Rutherford, NJ. McKee won via split decision but the Sabers lost and were eliminated from the playoffs.

I’m trying to get comment from the IFL in regard to the situation. I wouldn’t consider a report about McKee’s departure 100% confirmed until the IFL issues a statement.

5 COMMENTS
  • says:

    this is a bit of a blow to the IFL’s credibility.

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  • says:

    But it will also be great for IFL show quality. McKee is unwatchable. I hope they use this as an excuse to disband the Sabres, drop Yasuda, and re-purpose Vladdy and Young to the expansion teams.

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  • says:

    I wonder why he couldn’t fight for both orgs?

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  • says:

    Hey Sam,
    You have “Grace” fighter instead of “Gracie” fighter in 3 places in this article. Found your page by reading FIGHT! magazine and hearin’ it mentioned on UFCJunkie quite a bit. Long time fan, first time reader! Nicely done.

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  • says:

    Phyte:

    Thanks for the heads up!

    I’m very familiar with your postings on Junkie. It’s great to have you aboard!

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