According to a press release that’s available on, Antonio McKee has reportedly resigned from the IFL in order to fighter Jake Shields at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on October 19.

Antonio Mckee with his undefeated streak in the IFL was given an ultimatum by the IFL when he was approached by an up and coming new promotion for a fight against the well respected and decorated Jake Shields. Making news and headlines, Mckee respectfully resigned from the IFL to take the fight against Shields stating he has something to prove to the entire world that this fight will be the most explosive fight this year at 170 pounds and wants to answer the call to all those who want to see a retooled and redefined McKee aside from his ever potent wrestling game.

This is surprising news considering McKee was slated to compete in the IFL’s first-ever welterweight World Grand Prix this fall. He most recently competed in the IFL semifinals for the Tokyo Sabers against Delson Heleno of the New York Pitbulls on August 2 in East Rutherford, NJ. McKee won via split decision but the Sabers lost and were eliminated from the playoffs.

I’m trying to get comment from the IFL in regard to the situation. I wouldn’t consider a report about McKee’s departure 100% confirmed until the IFL issues a statement.