DES MOINES - Nerves churned through Michael McBride as he got set to end a 168-day lay-off Friday night at Hy-Vee Hall, but once he stepped into the cage is was simply back to business.
McBride left MCC 53: Full Force with his fifth lightweight victory in six professional fights, as he forced Micah Washington to tap due to an anaconda choke at the 2:36 mark of the first round.
"I was beyond ready to go out there and make a statement," McBride said. "I really haven't been nervous in a long time before a fight, but I was before this one. But when I heard my entrance music I felt ready to go."
McBride hadn't fought since he was handed the first loss of his career by unanimous decision to Emmanuel Sanchez last Oct. 25. McBride suffered a torn hamstring just seven days later, which forced him to shut it down for several months.
Washington (6-4), who was making his MCC debut, made an early mistake when he shot in on McBride; the lanky Webster City native quickly gained the upper-hand and then put his masterful submission stills on display.
"I was really surprised he tried to take me down and right when he shot in I could kind of feel the mismatch," McBride said. "Attack and staying aggressive, that's what I went out there to do."
McBride says he fought with a tweaked knee and he wants that to fully heal before he makes plans to fight again.
"I twisted my knee about three weeks ago. It's nothing serious, but I just want that to heal," he said.