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Terrance McKinney biography: 13 things about UFC fighter from Spokane, Washington


Terrance McKinney is a blue belt in jiu-jitsu and a professional mixed martial artist whose fight name is T.Wrecks. He stands 5’10”, weighs 155.5 lbs and competes in the lightweight division.

McKinney has four younger siblings. He considers his mother Kitara Johnson his hero.

Johnson was 16 when she gave birth to McKinney in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She is a former gang member in Chicago who became a U.S. Army veteran and the chief human resources officer of Excelsior Wellness, a nonprofit healthcare organization in Spokane, Washington, USA.

Terrance McKinney (©UFC)
Terrance McKinney (©UFC)

When McKinney was a little boy, his family moved to a military base in Germany. He attended elementary school there and was picked on for being small. 

From Germany, McKinney’s family relocated to Davenport, Washington where he was picked on for being black. He moved to Spokane in 2007 and started his professional MMA career fighting in CageSport MMA from 2017 to 2018.

At the age of 26, McKinney joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2021. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He worked construction before pursuing a career as an MMA fighter. He was inspired by Michael Chiesa, who graduated from Shadle Park High School in Spokane in 2006.
  2. In 2013, he graduated from Shadle Park High School where he was a standout wrestler. After his graduation, he had a brief stint at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA.
  3. From 2014 to 2016, he wrestled at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, USA where he studied sports and recreation management. He transferred to Notre Dame College of Ohio in South Euclid, Ohio, USA but left after a semester.
  4. He suffered from drug addiction, which started in college. In June 2015, he suffered from excited delirium while on a bad mix of alcohol, shrooms and acid during an arrest. Spokane Police Department officers restrained him and took him to Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane. His heart stopped two times but doctors were able to revive him. He was sentenced to 250 hours of community service.
  5. As an amateur MMA fighter, he knocked out Cadence Ross of Spokane at the King of the Cage event “KOTC: No Remorse” on August 18, 2016 in Worley, Idaho.
  6. On October 14, 2017, he made his professional MMA debut at “CageSport 47” in Tacoma, Washington where he submitted Armando Best of Tacoma. He submitted Best again in their rematch at “CageSport 48” in Tacoma on December 16, 2017.
  7. He submitted Tyrone Henderson of Hawaii at “Cage Sport 49” in Tacoma on February 10, 2018 and Brandon Todd of Everett, Washington at “CageSport 50” in Tacoma on April 28, 2018.
  8. On July 21, 2018, he and Henderson had their rematch at “CageSport 52” in Tacoma. Henderson knocked him out, marking his first professional MMA loss. He bounced back on February 8, 2019 by knocking out Jeff Coleman of Washington at the ExciteFight event “Excite Fight: Conquest of the Cage” in Airway Heights, Washington.
  9. He submitted Bobby McIntyre of Spanaway, Washington at the Front Streets Fights event “FSF 19” in Boise, Idaho on April 19, 2019 and Charon Spain of Walla Walla, Washington at “Excite Fight: Conquest of the Cage” in Airway Heights on May 18, 2019.
  10. He was knocked out by Sean Woodson of St. Louis, Missouri, USA at “Dana White’s Contender Series” Season 3 episode 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on July 23, 2019 and submitted by Darrick Minner of Nebraska City, Nebraska at the Midwest Championship Fighting event “MCF 18” on October 19, 2019.
  11. He knocked out Dedrek Sanders of Nashville, Tennessee, USA at the Strike Hard Productions event “SHP 59” in Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 6, 2021 and his first two Legacy Fighting Alliance opponents Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho of Belem, Para, Brazil and Michael Irizarry of Anasco, Puerto Rico at “LFA 106” on April 30, 2021 and at “LFA 109” on June 4, 2021, respectively, both in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA.
  12. On June 12, 2021, he made his UFC debut at “UFC 263” in Glendale, Arizona, USA. Training at Warrior Camp in Spokane, he knocked out Matt Frevola of Huntington, New York, USA after 7 seconds in the first round.
  13. On February 26, 2022, he submitted Fares Ziam of France via rear-naked choke at “UFC Vegas 49” in Enterprise, Nevada. On March 12, 2022, he lost via technical knockout to Drew Dober of Omaha, Nebraska at “UFC Vegas 50” in Enterprise. On August 6, 2022, he submitted Erick Gonzalez of Torrance, California at “UFC Vegas 59” in Enterprise, which improved his professional MMA record to 13 wins and 4 losses.

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