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Antonio McKee handed walking papers after UFC 125 performance

In a move perhaps reflecting the UFC’s unstated policy on performance, newly signed Antonio McKee has been cut from the company’s roster after a single split-decision defeat inside the Octagon. The loss was the first for McKee, who was said to have originally inked a four-year deal with the organization, since February 2003.

News of the professional separation was confirmed by Five Ounces of Pain with sources close to the involved parties.

McKee was outpointed by Jacob Volkmann in what was said to be a forgettable three-round affair at UFC 125 last weekend. The showing marked McKee’s debut in the UFC after racking up fourteen wins and one draw in his last fifteen fights. However, the outspoken 40-year old has received criticism in the past for his in-ring style after earning eighteen of his twenty-five total career victories by way of the judges’ scorecards, and divisional spots on the roster are at a premium with the company’s recent addition of WEC lightweights

“Mandingo” has an overall record of 25-4-2 with past wins over Carlo Prater, Derrick Noble, Delson Heleno, and Marcus Aurelio.