Terrence McKinney is excited about the opportunity to head into enemy territory for his first Octagon performance in 2023.
McKinney will face Ismael Bonfin at UFC 283 on January 21 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The T-Wrecks have big goals for the new year, including a top 10 finish at 155 pounds. To do this, he needs to defeat a rookie promotion who has won 12 times in a row.
“I was happy with that because on paper it looks like it’s going to be a close match,” McKinney said on Hour of MMA. “I love it, so when I dominate, I have no choice but to give me after this ranked opponent – someone from the top 15.
“I watched his videos, I think he is a decision machine, but he likes to get down. I think it will work in my favor.”
McKinney has no shortage of confidence ahead of his fifth UFC appearance as he plans to spend a very short night in the office. Asked if the 28-year-old’s prognosis could create unwanted pressure, McKinney said it was just part of a grand plan.
“Pressure turns to diamonds and I always shine bright,” McKinney said. “I want people to know what I deserve and I want to be in the top 10 by the end of the year so I have to show that all these guys ahead of me who don’t have a number are just a waste of time. my time.
“I have to go out and get him out of there in the first round.”
Bonfim signed with the UFC after defeating Nariman Abbasov in September’s Contender Series against Dana White via unanimous decision. The Brazilian lightweight champion has been undefeated since July 2014 when he was defeated by Renato Moicano at Jungle Fight 71.
The crowd at UFC 283 is likely to be hostile to McKinney, and that suits him just fine.
“This is what we live for and the victory will be much sweeter when we silence this crowd,” McKinney said.