“Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!”

Those are the famous words used by Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, but it could also be used in the entrance of Khama Worthy. The Pinnacle FC fighter sports an unique nickname—“The Deathstar”—and packs some serious firepower of his own.

“Yeah, my first fight, I knocked the guy out completely unconscious,” Worthy told The MMA Corner. “And someone told me that I do what the Deathstar does.”

That firepower landed Worthy on Inside MMA with an impressive knockout victory back in March. The win pushed Worthy’s record to 5-2, and 3-0 since dropping to featherweight.

“I will never fight at 155 [pounds] again,” Worthy insisted. “Those guys are so freaking big. I walk around at 173, and they’re bigger than me. I’m really surprised I won my debut at 155 pounds, because the guy was a lot bigger than me.”

However, Worthy did have a caveat when it came to picking a weight class to compete in.

“If the UFC called and asked me to compete at 155, I would do it,” Worthy admitted. “Even if they offered me a fight at 135, I’d make that.”

Since his time on Inside MMA, Worthy claims he hasn’t felt any additional pressure to succeed.

Worthy delivers a knee (Christopher Nolan/MetCon Photos, LLC)

Worthy delivers a knee (Christopher Nolan/MetCon Photos, LLC)

“Knockouts are what’s expected of me,” Worthy said. “There’s always pressure with me to succeed, but I’m learning to enjoy it. Even though people expect me to win by knockout, I don’t train to win by knockout; I train to win the fight in whatever way I can.”

Worthy will have the chance to add another win to his record when he takes on Anthony Morgan on May 24 at Pinnacle Fighting Championships’ Pittsburgh Challenge Series 7. The men sport identical records, but Worthy knows he’s a cut above.

“I’m 5-foot-11; I’m going to be the bigger fighter,” Worthy said. “I’m freakishly strong, and I just don’t think he’s fought the same level of guys I’ve fought.”

Morgan isn’t known as a finisher—he has only one stoppage to his credit—but Worthy is confident he’s not going to be grinded down like Morgan’s last two victims.

“Nobody is going to out-cardio me,” Worthy boasted. “I put the work in at the gym, five days a week. I’m always training. My last loss, I was slacking around, taking it easy at the gym. It made me realize what I needed to do.”

Other than having a better gas tank, Worthy feels his explosive style is going to be a game changer on May 24.

“There’s going to be a difference when they see us throwing strikes,” he said. “I’m going to try and take your face off. When I hit him, it’s going to hurt.”

Worthy has certainly set a high standard for himself following his 26-second knockout win over Jacob Butler at Pinnacle FC’s last Pittsburgh Challenge Series show. That performance, combined with his other impressive stoppage wins, should attract some eyeballs to his contest, which airs live as part of the evening’s main card via pay-per-view stream on StandThemUp.org.

“I’m always looking, if anyone gives me the opportunity,” Worthy said. “I don’t rush things, though. In this sport, you have to take things one fight at a time.”

Worthy would like to thank his coaches, training partners, everyone who has helped push him to where he is now, and fans of both himself and the sport of MMA. Follow Khama on Twitter: @thedeathstar_1

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.