AJ McKee vs Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire rematch targeted for April


A featherweight title rematch between Bellator stars AJ McKee and Patricio Pitbull is rumored to be in works

Bellator featherweight division is probably the most exciting and revenue churning division for the promotion.

AJ McKee
An ecstatic AJ McKee after his win over Patricio Pitbull

According to a recent report by Ariel Helwani, a rematch between AJ McKee and Patricio Pitbull is being targeted for April. Two division Bellator champ Patricio lost his belt to AJ in their first encounter due to a guillotine choke in less than two minutes. In doing so, The 26-year-old highest-ranked male non-UFC fighter in MMA Fighting’s global pound for pound rankings won the featherweight Grand Prix.

Ariel Helwani confirmed the news by putting out this tweet.

Freire was on a seven-fight win streak before AJ took his title away from him. He will be expecting a tougher challenge this time and aim to reclaim his title.

AJ McKee calls himself the Floyd Mayweather of MMA

AJ McKee is one of the hottest prospects to emerge in the MMA scene. The 26-year-old laid all doubts to rest when he captured the featherweight belt from Bellator’s longest reigning champion Patricio Pitbull.

AJ McKee is undefeated in his MMA career
AJ McKee is undefeated in his MMA career and has 17 wins (Instagram)

The featherweight star seems to take a page or two out of the legendary boxer’s book. He wants to shape his career and build a business empire just like Floyd did.

“This is business. This is a lifeline of business not only for myself but for my father and for my 4-year-old little brother. We’re talking not second generation, but the third generation of fighters coming up,” McKee said in an interview with CBS Sports.

“Like I’ve said from Day 1: I’m the Floyd Mayweather of MMA. Take it or leave it. Be happy with it, argue about it. The proof is in the pudding. I had to go through and look at my record. 18 fights. I’ve fought 33 rounds and haven’t lost a round yet. I’m kind of excited about that. That’s kind of gangster to me. That’s some saucy stats.”

He is rumored to face ‘The Pitbull’ in a rematch this coming April in his first title defense.

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