It's official: Jacob Volkmann will be the first test for 40-year-old MMA prospect Antonio McKee.
Earlier today, Volkmann told B/R that the fight has been officialized. MMAjunkie.com was the first to report the story.
This comes as news to some, due to many people expecting McKee to fight Kenny Florian in his first UFC fight. Instead, McKee will be fighting Volkmann, who is riding a two fight win streak over Ronys Torres and Paul Kelly after dropping down to lightweight after an unsuccessful stint in the UFC as a welterweight.
Volkmann has a solid 11-2 record overall, with his only two losses being to Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann back at UFC 106 and UFC 108, respectively.
Antonio McKee's resumé is drastically different. His record stands at 25-3, with notable wins over Edwin Dewees, Marcus Aurelio, Toby Imada, and Luciano Azevedo. He is the current FC lightweight champ, and he'll look to continue his current 11 fight win streak with a win in January.
This fight is a test for both fighters. Jacob Volkmann, while not being a great finisher, has fought well for the UFC and with his current win streak in the shark-infested waters of the lightweight division, another win would surely cement his status in the top 10.
Antonio McKee could be one of the classic cases of a fighter succeeding exclusively due to his lack of competition. Of his 30 fights, none have been against a perennial pound-for-pound king. In fact, he has yet to fight anyone in the top 10, save for Karo Parisyan in 2003.
As far as good grappling matches go, this one should be lights out, so be sure to tune in on January 1.