MMA veteran and head coach of Washington State’s Warrior Camp Gym Pablo Alfonso is expecting his very own marquee UFC talent Terrance McKinney (12-4) to deliver a winning performance come August 7th (AEST).
McKinney, 27, is looking to get himself back into the win column after suffering his first UFC defeat against Drew Dober (24-11, 1 NC) back in March. For his fourth UFC appearance, he will fight Erick Gonzalez (14-6) on the UFC Vegas 59 undercard.
Alfonso told The Inner Sanctum to expect a new version of his pupil, singing his praises surrounding McKinney’s natural ability and work ethic.
“Well Terrance McKinney, he is full of raw talent.” Alfonso said, “He’s very athletic, explosive, (he’s) got the looks, the mouth and he isn’t shy of the cameras. Those are the people I look for.”
The Warrior Camp Gym is also home to UFC bantamweight prospect Saidyokub Kakhramonov (10-2) who is known for his insane cardio, this was on display earlier in July when he dominated Ronnie Lawrence (8-2) for all three rounds to secure his second UFC victory.
Cardio is a feature Pablo wants to add to McKinney’s game as he climbs the Lightweight ranks.
“This training camp we have changed a lot of things. Getting his cardio better, getting his endurance higher. We hired a strength and conditioning coach specific for him.”
“He trained Said, have you seen Said’s last performance? He didn’t even get tired. He could’ve gone another 10 rounds.”
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Despite criticism of The Washington Native being a fighter with only one round in him, the noted changes to McKinney’s camp which also includes a new Muay Thai trainer is producing results that reflect sincere confidence in Alfonso for his Lightweight’s upcoming bout.
“I believe Terrance will finish this guy in the first round” Alfonso stated.
“Everyone thinks Terrance is a first-rounder. I don’t think he is a first-rounder. When he fought Drew Dober, it was two weeks’ notice, it threw him off. This time he has put in the work.
“If it doesn’t end in the first round, you’re gonna see three rounds from Terrance.”
McKinney is known as a finisher and it will be no surprise to see him add another highlight to his already notable resume against Erick Gonzalez.
Yet, a test of his new weapon and cardio would satisfy his coach and leave other Lightweight contenders inquisitive about the new “T.Wrecks” on his quest for that top 15 spot.
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