BAMMA yesterday announced that Rhys McKee's (5-0) first defense of his recently captured BAMMA Lonsdale Lightweight Title will be against Irish veteran 'Magic' Myles Price (9-6) in Belfast at BAMMA 28 on February 24th.
McKee turned pro just 16 months ago and has already wracked up five wins, all via stoppages and against tough opposition, making him one of Irish MMA's true top prospects.
The Next Gen NI product won the Lonsdale title just last month in Dublin's 3Arena against the previously undefeated Jai Herbert. And he done so in impressive fashion dispatching of the Englishman with some pinpoint accurate punches in the first round.
A confident McKee is now looking forward to a tough fight against Price but expects the belt to stay around his waist at the end of the night.
"I'm very excited about the fight. Myles has had plenty of experience and been around the block but it's time for the new era," McKee told us. "I'm confident the belt will be going nowhere, especially in front of the Belfast crowd, it is going to be unbelievable! As always, I expect a tough fight but I'm a different animal to the rest. It will be a clinical performance, an absolute spectacle. Roll on February 24th!!"
Price returned to competition at BAMMA 22, the same event McKee made his pro debut at, following a two year break. Although he lost that fight against a very tough opponent in Kane Mousah he was arguably the more impressive fighter on the night with his offense and willingness to engage.
In his last fight Price finally got to show what he is capable of as he defeated Mario Saeed via first round TKO. It has been a year since that fight but Price is never out of the gym and is always craving to learn more and improve on himself.
This should make for an excellent All-Ireland clash for the BAMMA Lonsdale Lightweight title.