Exclusive: Rhys McKee explains why he has been smiling a lot ahead of Alex Morono clash

Rhys McKee faces Alex Morono in his next fight
Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Rhys McKee is facing Alex Morono in his next fight at UFC Fight Night 183

Rhys McKee was on the Blood, Sweat and Tears podcast as he spoke about his next opponent, Alex Morono.

Morono was also on the show a few days back and it was time for McKee to share his thoughts on the clash.

Alex Morono faces Rhys McKee in his next fight
Alex Morono punches Song Kenan of China in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Cadillac Arena on November 24, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

The Northern Ireland star currently has a 10-3-1 record in MMA and is coming off a loss against Khamzat Chimaev.

However, McKee believes his clash against Morono could be special. Skeletor, as McKee is called, also said he was smiling since the fight was set up and expected it to be a slobber knocker:

“Alex poses a lot of challenges. As you said, he is massively experienced and he is aggressive. He likes to stand, likes to bang, good ground game, he is a good all-rounder.

“Alex isn’t someone we took lightly in the camp. With that being said, it is another fight for me to showcase how good I am. What I can do with a full camp and that is exactly what I intend to do.

“I am very excited. I like the style of this match-up. It is fantastic, I smile every time I think of this fight and the smile hasn’t left for the last 14 weeks.

“It could be a sleeper fight that some people look past but when they watch it back, it has all the makings of a great fight again.”

 

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Ready for the bonus

McKee also claimed he was going to put on quite a performance on Saturday and pick up the Performance of the Night bonus.

The Northern Ireland star added that he had been to Las Vegas in the past and had vowed only to return if he was fighting in the city.

Coming out of Northern Ireland seems to be a huge talking point for McKee too. The 28-year-old suggested that there are several talented stars in the country and it was an honour for him to represent his land.

Khamzat Chimaev got the better of Rhys McKee too
Khamzat Chimaev punches Rhys McKee in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He hoped that these appearances would open the doors for others trying to make it to the UFC since he was the only current Northern Ireland star on the roster.

McKee’s UFC debut didn’t go as planned against Chimaev, but things could improve in the coming weeks. Morono is a tough opponent too and it will be interesting to see how this clash goes.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn't easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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