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Exclusive – Terrance McKinney Reflects On Potential Short-Notice Bout With Dan Hooker

Briefly throwing his name toward the potential Dan Hooker sweepstakes for UFC 266 two weeks ago, recent roster mover, Terrance McKinney has claimed that a potential short-notice bout with the Auckland native had a “50-50” chance of happening.

Debuting in the promotion in June, Chicago upstart, McKinney managed to score a stunning seven second knockout win over Matt Frevola at UFC 263 — turning in the fastest stoppage win in the history of the lightweight division in his premier outing under the promotion’s banner.

Off the back of his debut success, McKinney was booked to meet with fellow emerging prospect, French standout, Fares Ziam at UFC Vegas 42 in November. However, he offered his services on short notice to the promotion for UFC 266 earlier this month.

In the run-up to the pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada — the featured preliminary bout between lightweight top-10 mainstay, Dan Hooker and Hamburg contender, Nasrat Haqparast was cast into doubt as the pair dealt with respective United States VISA issues.

Eventually obtaining their respective papers to travel and compete, the pair successfully made weight having only landed in ‘Sin City’ on Thursday during fight week, before Hooker managed to claim a unanimous decision win on Saturday — snapping his two-fight losing skid.

With Haqparast’s VISA issue throwing the pairing into jeopardy, McKinney offered to make a stunning turnaround and clash with City Kickboxing technician, Hooker, explaining that the possibility of him matching the Kiwi was “50-50“.

I thought the possibilities for that fight (against Dan Hooker) were about 50-50,” McKinney told Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall. “And I wasn’t disappointed at all, just looking to step up and take any opportunity I can to bring up my name in the fight game.

In what came as an admirable short notice callout from McKinney, the 27-year-old retains his November matchup with Ziam.

On the other hand, Hooker, scored the #6 rank at lightweight with his unanimous decision win over Haqparast, before scoring himself a short-notice turnaround next month.

With former undisputed lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos forced from a UFC 267 matchup with Islam Makhachev following an arthroscopy procedure, Hooker replaces the Niteroi native — agreeing to meet with Makhachev in a blistering short-notice matchup.

Entering his November matchup with Ziam off the back of a four-fight winning spree, McKinney is also an alum of both LFA and Dana White’s Contender Series — lodging six separate submission wins, to go with a further five knockouts — giving him a 100 percent finish rate from his 11 professional triumphs.

Whilst the UFC 267 bout between Makhachev and Hooker could bring with it some significant title implications for the victor, McKinney is not shying away from his aspirations for Octagon gold — believing he can reach the division’s summit within the next 24 months.

I see myself capturing the UFC lightweight title by 2023,” McKinney said. “Mark my words.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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