McBride caps best month of career with submission win

WEBSTER CITY – Twenty-eight days. Two fights. One championship. And one coming out party in front of a national audience.

Not bad, Michael McBride. Not bad at all.

Less than a month after claiming the Midwest Cage Championship lightweight title, Webster City’s favorite MMA son was back in the cage Friday night as part of the Bellator 129 card at Mid-American Arena in Council Bluffs.

Televised on and with legendary referee “Big” John McCarthy working the fight, McBride upped his professional record to 7-1 with a first-round submission win over Kevin Morris (4-4).

The fight was stopped when Morris tapped out at the 4:32 mark after McBride sunk in a rear-naked choke.

“I’m feeling great right now,” McBride said Saturday afternoon, roughly 20 hours after having his hand raised in victory. “It was an awesome night and an awesome week.”

McBride also picked up some extra cash. In addition to his regular purse plus a winner’s bonus, McBride received 20 percent of Morris’s take due to Morris missing the 155-pound weight limit on Friday.

Morris was the aggressor off the bell, as he hit a quick takedown and held McBride there for the better part of the round.

“I could not find anything about him online, so I really had no idea what to expect,” McBride said. “I knew he was a pretty good wrestler, but I didn’t know if he’d want to go to the ground with me.”

McBride eventually worked his way up and pinned Morris against the cage before hitting his own takedown.

And that’s when he went to work.

McBride quickly worked into full mount and then took Morris’s back, raining down punches to both sides of his head. McCarthy warned Morris several times to protect himself and McBride says he was looking for his first career win by something other than submission.

“I wanted the TKO. I wanted it really bad, actually,” McBride said. “It would have been nice to get a win some other way, but oh well.”

While attempting to shield his face, Morris left his neck vulnerable and that’s when McBride sunk in the lights out choke.

Although this has been the best month of his budding MMA career, McBride says he still plans to take some time off. Getting back to a somewhat normal life and preparing for the birth of twins in January are on his to-do list.

McBride says he’ll make his return to the cage most likely in February.

Unless …

“There would be only one call that I would take right now that would get me to fight sooner (than February),” McBride said, referring to the UFC. “I’ll be back in the gym probably on Monday, but as far as a full fight camp goes, no, not of a while.”