“TWrecks Is a Bulldozer Man!” – MMA Pros Including Michael Chandler, Aljamain Sterling React as Lightweight Standout Calls Out Paddy Pimblett After UFC Vegas 59 Win

Published 08/06/2022, 11:05 PM EDT

UFC returned to action at Apex in Las Vegas for UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Hill aka UFC Vegas 59. The card was filled with exciting matchups from top to bottom. The main card opener had two lightweight standouts Terrance McKinney and Erick Gonzalez locking horns with each other. A battle of prospects saw ‘T.Wrecks’ bounce back from his losing streak as he defeated ‘The Ghost Pepper’.

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Official Result: Terrance McKinney wins by submission – rear-naked choke (RNC) – Round 1 ( 2:17).

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In a quick bout the unranked, though, highly skilled 155 lbs athletes displayed the depth of 155 lbs division. The bout started with Warriorcamp MMA standout putting pressure on his counterpart, Gonzalez. The 30-year-old California-based athlete, ‘The Ghost Pepper’ wilted under pressure as Pablo Alfonso’s pupil took found a submission in the second minute of the bout.

In the post-fight interview (Octagon interview) with UFC Hall of Fame Michael Bisping, Terrance McKinney reflected upon his performance. The lightweight standout called out one of the hottest prospects in all the UFC, the Liverpudlian, Paddy Pimblett. A matchup that on paper will bring water into any fight fanatic’s mouth.

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Nonetheless, this bout was very important for LFA alumni as he was coming off a loss for the first time in his brief UFC career. Fight fans reacted to the 27-year-old McKinney putting on a show to return to the win column after going through a war with Drew Dober in his previous bout.

MMA world salute Terrance McKinney’s UFC Vegas 59 performance

The lightweight standouts performance had the MMA Twitter buzzing. Chiefly, the callout of Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett brought reactions from UFC followers. They posted their opinions on social media. It included members of the media, current UFC champion, former MMA champion, top title contender, and even McKinney himself.

The win marks the third first-round finish for a 13-4-0 wrestler. McKinney finished his first two wins in 7 and 131 seconds, respectively. Now, the third one came at the 137 mark. Though he dropped his bout against Drew Dober, it was perhaps too early for him to take on former top 15 lightweight standouts.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: (L-R) Paddy Pimblett of England celebrates his submission victory over Kazula Vargas of Mexico in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

McKinney has pitched a bout against the Scouser, who has been dominant inside the Octagon. However, with McKinney having a strong wrestling base, he appears as a bad matchup for Pimblett on paper. But the former Cage Warriors champ has only shown promise inside the Octagon.

Whether the UFC would book these two rising contenders against each other is not, that’s for the future to tell.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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