Lloyd ‘Albie’ McKinney
Name: Lloyd “Albie” McKinney
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight class: 125
Right or left handed: Ambidextrous
Training center: Iron Works, Holmen
Q- Where are you from, high school/ college:
A- I went to Luck High School, and I will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Spring/Summer
Q- Martial arts/wrestling background:
A- I have wrestled since I was 5 years old, but I have been training MMA since I was 17, so I have been doing that for about 6 years now.
Q- What is your 5 year goal?
A- In five years I want to be a World Champion in the UFC
Q- How many hours per week to you spend training?
A- 3-5 hours a day… 6 days a week. Whether it is physical or mental training, I try and stay consistent…
Q- What part of training do you find least enjoyable?
A- I don’t have a least favorite part of training, this is my passion and I love doing it. The thing I struggle with the most in training is understanding that good things come in time, I push myself really hard to achieve goals and sometimes I need to embrace being in the moment instead of trying to reach my goals.
A- I’m not into calling people out… I want fights that make the most sense, and fights that put me into a position to be a champion, or at the very least contend for a championship.
Q- Who would you rather not get into the cage with?
A- If the circumstances are right I will get in there with anyone…
Q- Who/what is your inspiration?
A- My inspiration is my family… I lost my Mom a couple years back, and my Dad was also paralyzed… so I cherish the people I have in my life. My Grandma, My Girlfriend, and all the great Coaches I’ve been blessed with, as well as all my other friends and family inspire me. I want them to be proud of me as a fighter, but more importantly, I want them to be proud of me as a human being.
Q- What was your first fight like?
A- The first one is always the hardest one in my opinion. I always say, in life, half the battle is showing up. I was the most nervous I’ve ever been, and on top of that, I fought for 3 rounds without water because my corner forgot it (thanks guys)… But I won by unanimous decision and I’ve been in love with the sport ever since.
Q- What do you do to prepare entering the cage?
A- I have a great team as far as being prepared physically for fights… I train similar to many fighters, but I also think I do things that are unconventional and different that other people might not consider traditional training. I feel something that separates me from everyone else is my mental preparation… I feel that this is a huge part of training that many fighters neglect. I know that if I can be prepared both physically and mentally for my fights, I can win at a very high level.
Q- the lighter weights division in the UFC are Extremely competitive right now. Do you plan to fight at Flyweight or move up to Bantamweight.
A- I intend on fighting in the Flyweight division for most of my career, although I am definitely not opposed to fighting at Bantamweight if the fights make sense. One of my losses is actually to Brandon Merkt who is undefeated and made the TUF show this season. Seeing him get to that level really motivates me because I know I can be at that world class level.
Q- Prefer fighting from ground or standup?:
A- I will fight wherever the fight goes, but the game plan is different from fight to fight. It’s all about fighting where I’m comfortable and each opponent poses a different threat, so that’s what motivates me to be good on my feet as well as on the ground.
Q- Does seeing their skill level motivate you to train harder. and/or Do you find yourself idolizing some of these guys or do you just see them as a stepping stone to your dream?
A- I don’t really idolize anyone, but I definitely respect all of those guys. I like Dominick Cruz the most because he is original and I would definitely like to go out to San Diego to train with him if I could afford it, or if I could get something lined up. I think Alliance MMA is one of the best gyms in the world right now. I don’t see any of those guys as stepping stones, I see them as contenders and a win over any of them could put you in a position to be a world champion.
Q- Do you feel that everyone can be trained to fight or do you think that some people have it and others don’t?
A- I honestly feel like anyone that believes in themselves can accomplish ANYTHING in life, not just fighting… You have to believe in yourself before anyone else with believe in you. I tell people that I want coaches/management that believe in me as much as I believe in myself, because then I know that we are seeking the same goals. I feel like people who say “I’m not this or that…” are making an excuse because they are scared of challenging themselves and stepping out of their comfort zone. Everyone is a “rookie” at some point in every aspect of life, it comes down to working hard and embracing the challenge of being the best “you” that you can be.
A- I hate losing, plain and simple, I’m not going to lie about that. The reality of the matter though, is that everyone is going to lose eventually, and if you don’t, then you didn’t challenge yourself hard enough. The beauty of losing is that you can truly learn from it if your willing to look at from that perspective. I do not intend on losing ever again, but realistically there is a possibility of it happening. Answering your second question… I feel I shake off losing as best as I can, given the circumstances. I am not going to let any loss hinder me from achieving my goals and I’m definitely not going to let my opposition see my emotions get the best of me. I accept winning and losing as a man, and keep moving forward.
Q- What is your advice to kids who are interested in becoming a fighter?
A- Don’t ever let anyone, EVER, tell you that you can’t accomplish a goal that you set your heart on… use them as motivators, as well as the positive reinforcement you receive from the people who support your mission. Stay true to yourself, and those that stay true to you, and everything will work itself out. I’m not telling you that everything will be handed to you, but if you work diligently enough, good things are destined to happen.
Q- What is your advice to the people who just want to become street thugs?
A- Get some counseling, sort out the underlying issues, and find yourself. No one wins in a street fight… the “winner” is usually the biggest loser, because nine times out of ten, they end up getting in trouble.
Q- what finishing move would you use on Richard Simmons?
A- I would finish Richard Simmons with a Shoryuken Punch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xZ7YF16td8… if you don’t know what that is, it’s sweet!!! YouTube it…