Webster City’s McBride set to make UFC debut

CLEVELAND – The town of Webster City will need several viewing options come next Saturday night.

While Webster City graduate Boone Myers tries to pave holes for the Iowa Hawkeye football team in Iowa City against Iowa State, fellow former Lynx Michael McBride will be making his UFC debut.

McBride received the call from UFC officials late Wednesday night, agreeing to face veteran Nik Lentz inside the Quicken Loans Arena at UFC 203 on Thursday. He replaces Mairbek Taisumov in the bout.

The lightweight contest will be the third fight on the televised Fox Sports 1 preliminary card. The event features UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defending his title on pay-per-view against Alistair Overeem, along with the MMA debut of former WWE superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks against Mickey Gall.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to (the fight),” McBride said. “Being a short-notice deal, it’s definitely a lot all at once, but I’ve definitely wrapped my brain around it.”

With just over a week to get all the non-fighting pieces sorted out, McBride (8-1) said he will focus on getting his weight on-point ahead of weigh-ins next Friday. He will have UFC lightweight contender and Jefferson native Johnny Case in his corner as the two are long-time training partners and friends.

“I’m always training and staying active, but I haven’t been preparing for a fight,” McBride said. “Really, if it was a normal fight, the hard part of training would (already) be over. Now I’ll just focus on the weight cut.”

This past November, McBride returned to the Midwest Cage Championship arena and submitted Derek Loffer in the second round. That win came on the heels of a 2014 debut with Bellator MMA – the No. 2 promotion in the world to the UFC – where he submitted Kevin Morris inside of the first round.

All eight of McBride’s career wins have been via submission, scoring victories with a triangle choke, rear-naked choke, arm-triangle choke and Brabo choke. His lone career loss came in 2013 to Emmanuel Sanchez by decision. Sanchez now competes for Bellator MMA.

Lentz (26-7-2) is an 11-year veteran of the sport and scored a split decision over Danny Castillo this past December for his 10th career win inside the Octagon. The 32-year-old from Texas has gone 5-2 over his last seven, including a 2012 knockout of Eiji Mitsuoka in the first round.

Nicknamed “The Carny,” Lentz wrestled for the University of Minnesota in college. He has trained in the past with the likes of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, former UFC lightweight titleholder Sean Sherk and former University of Iowa wrestler-turned-MMA fighter Paul Bradley.

Of his 26 career wins, 10 have been by submission and six have been via knockout. He has been submitted twice and finished by strikes twice.

Among those also set for action next weekend include former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, Travis Browne, multi-time title contender Urijah Faber and former female title challenger Bethe Correia.

McBride’s match should begin shortly after 8 p.m., while the Iowa-ISU football game kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

Note: Troy Banning of the Daily-Freeman Journal contributed to this article