Read about A.J. McKee’s uncertain future and his aspirations for the Bellator Lightweight Grand Prix. Discover the impact of the potential sale to the P.F.L. and the excitement surrounding McKee’s victory over Sidney Outlaw.
| A.J. McKee showcased his skills and out-worked Sidney Outlaw in a thrilling three-round bout at Bellator 301.
| Reports suggest a potential sale to the P.F.L. worth $200 – $500 million is imminent, leaving everyone wondering about the future of Bellator.
| McKee expressed his deep connection with Bellator and his desire to be a part of the 2023 Lightweight Grand Prix.
| Usman Nurmagomedov’s failed drug test opens up an opportunity for McKee to step into the finals against Alexandr Shabily.
| McKee aims to prove himself as the man to win the Grand Prix belt and leave his mark on the sport.
| The MMA world eagerly awaits the next chapter in this captivating journey.
A.J. McKee’s Uncertain Future
On a Friday night, A.J. McKee showcased his skills and out-worked Sidney Outlaw in a thrilling three-round bout at Bellator 301. However, the event may mark the end of Bellator MMA as we know it. Reports suggest a potential sale to the P.F.L. worth $200 – $500 million is imminent, leaving everyone wondering about the future of the organization.
McKee, despite the uncertainty, presented a calm and composed demeanor when asked about what’s next. He expressed his deep connection with Bellator, stating that everything he has achieved and learned has been through the organization. McKee referred to Bellator as his home and expressed sadness at the thought of it going away.
McKee’s Zen Vibe
During the Bellator 301 post-fight news conference, McKee shared his thoughts, saying, "Bellator is like a home to me. Everybody here, the whole organization, the staff is just very loving. Everybody caters to what needs to be done. They help out like a team. To see that whole family-oriented scenario go away, I’m a little bummed. Put one foot in front of the other and keep walking. This journey is not going to stop. It’s just going to continue to go and go and go."
Grand Prix Aspirations
If the rumored P.F.L. acquisition of Bellator comes to fruition, there is a possibility that the 2023 Lightweight Grand Prix could be concluded. McKee was originally set to compete in the tournament but was unable to due to a staph infection. Now, with his victory over Outlaw, he hopes to step into Usman Nurmagomedov’s spot in the finals against Alexandr Shabily. Nurmagomedov’s recent failed drug test has resulted in his semi-final win over Brent Primus being declared a No Contest.
McKee expressed his desire to be a part of the tournament, stating, "That was my whole thing, go in there and prove I want to be in that tournament. Prove that I’m the man to win that Grand Prix belt, finish ‘The Mercenary’s Hit List’ as I call it. It’s just not a regular world title. It’s got eight names on that belt, one of them including mine. I feel anybody that wants that belt, they have to walk through me."
With the uncertainty surrounding Bellator’s future and McKee’s aspirations for the Grand Prix belt, the MMA world eagerly awaits the next chapter in this captivating journey.