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McBride will fight twice in span of 28 days

WEBSTER CITY – Michael McBride’s master plan is all coming to fruition.

It he going to be busy? Absolutely.

Are there risks involved? Without a doubt.

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Webster City mixed martial artist Michael McBride, pictured above in his gym, will fight for the MCC lightweight title against Paul Hunhoff on Friday, Sept. 19 in Des Moines. He’ll then have a quick turnaround for his first Bellator fight in Council Bluffs on Friday, Oct. 17. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

But nothing ever worthwhile comes easy.

McBride, a Webster City native and professional mixed martial artist with a 5-1 record, announced yesterday that he has been signed to fight on the Bellator card in Council Bluffs on Oct. 17. His opponent hasn’t been announced.

Bellator is widely considered to be one of the leading MMA promotions, trailing only the UFC in status and notoriety. McBride was finally ready to let his fans in on his secret, although he’s known about it for a while.

“(Bellator) contacted me a while back and I know they wanted some Iowa guys on the card,” McBride said. “I’ve had it under my hat for a while, but I wanted to make sure the people that wanted to get to the fight had ample time to put it on their calendars.”

It’s a big opportunity, there’s no doubt about it. But the Bellator fight isn’t even on McBride’s radar yet.

He has other business to attend to.

“I’m trying to not even think about it until Sept. 20,” he said.

That’s because McBride will fight on the MCC 55: Champions card on Friday, Sept. 19 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. He will take on South Dakota fighter Paul Hunhoff (4-3) for the MCC lightweight championship belt.

The lightweight title became up for grabs when former champion Johnny Case vacated the belt after being signed to fight in the UFC. Case, one of the McBride’s closest friends and training partners, will make his UFC debut on Sept. 20 in Tokyo, Japan.

“I’m very excited to fight for the title,” McBride said. “There are a lot of really great lightweights that have held the MCC title and went on to fight in the UFC. Guys like Jeremy Stephens, T.J. O’Brien, Joe Brammer and now Johnny Case.”

McBride suffered his only loss last October in a three-round decision against Emmanuel Sanchez. He rebounded to submit Micah Washington in the first round back in April.

Hunhoff began his professional career with back-to-back losses, but has since won four of five fights. He will enter the MCC cage on a two-fight win streak.

Both McBride and Hunhoff are known as submission specialists. All nine of their combined wins have ended via submission, and neither fighter has ever gone 25 minutes – the time limit for their championship bout. In fact, Hunhoff has never fought out of the first round.

“He’s definitely a tough guy and he comes from a tough team,” McBride said. “I’ve fought wrestlers before, but never a jiu-jitsu guy, not at this level anyway.

“(Fighting for 25 minutes) is something you probably have to experience to understand, but hopefully on Sept. 19 I don’t experience that. I know I need to take care of business and get out of that fight healthy.”

The quick turnaround – just 28 days – to his Bellator fight puts pressure on McBride to maintain his weight and get back into camp right away.

McBride is also preparing to become the father of twins in January and, oh yeah, he’s also fully restoring a new house he and his wife, Jeana, just bought.

“It will be hard to peak twice in two months, but I know after that Bellator fight I probably won’t take a winter fight at all,” McBride said.

To read the article as it originally appeared in the Daily Freeman Journal, click here.
September 9, 2014 | News | 0

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