Former UFC fighter in bare-knuckle match – surprising ending

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Usually in the realm of bare knuckle boxing the fighters are certainly tough but are often quite amateurish in the skill department. You would assume that someone who has reached UFC level and even won some fights in the UFC would have an easy night against a bare knuckle boxer, right?

In the following video, we see that is not necessarily the case however. The former UFC fighter in this video is named Cody McKenzie who is perhaps best known for competing on season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter: GSP vs Koscheck. He is also known for having a great guillotine choke that he won most of his MMA fights with. In bare knuckle boxing, guillotine chokes are obviously not allowed though which essentially takes away Cody’s best move.

It doesn’t take long for his opponent, named Jimmy Sweeney, to drop the former UFC fighter and he does so with body shots. It is quite clear after that knockdown this it is actually the bare knuckle boxer who is the much better striker here.

Cody keeps fighting though, showing a lot of heart and toughness. He really gets outclassed here though which is surprising to see. This fight really shows that even UFC fighters can have holes in their game. Also, it’s possible that perhaps Cody took this fight lightly as he looks to be a little out of shape here.

Cody Steven McKenzie (born December 16, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Welterweight division of World Series of Fighting. A professional competitor since 2007, McKenzie mostly competed in his regional circuit, before signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck, and has also competed for M-1 Global. He is well known for submitting opponents with a modified guillotine choke nicknamed the McKenzietine. [Source: Wiki]

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