Bellator Featherweight title contender AJ Mckee is confident in his skill-set which he thinks will be too much for the champ and he will knock out Pitbull to win the featherweight gold.
The Bellator featherweight Grand Prix final is set, and it’s the matchup everyone wants to see as champion Patricio Freire will defend his title against undefeated A.J. McKee later this summer.
Pitbull is one of the best in the world and also a two-division champ, he is also on a seven-fight winning streak, with three of his past four by the first-round finish. McKee, meanwhile, has climbed all the way to No. 5 as he’s run his record to a perfect 17-0, all with Bellator.
AJ McKee feels he can finish Patricio Pitbull
McKee has been training to face the champ since he signed with Bellator and knows this was the fight everyone wanted.
“It was good. Sanchez is pretty textbook, you know what he is going to do. He went back to his 1-2-3 lead leg kick and Pitbull capitalized on it,” McKee said to BJPENN.com. “Pitbull is a great counter striker and made him pay. Now he has me, and this was the fight to make for years now. Let’s see how things play out and I wanted to make a statement in this tournament and I can do that.”
Though AJ is confident he will win, he is well aware that the champ will be his toughest test to date. He knows the Brazilian has KO power but says everyone knows it’s his time to rule the division and he plans to prove that when they meet later this year.
“By far, he’s the champ-champ. He has a lot of accolades and I can’t wait to get them done,” McKee said. “He is the next two steps in front of me in the featherweight and lightweight title. He’s tried to ignore me for the longest time but he can’t ignore me now. Patricio knows it’s my time now and I’m taking what’s mine.”
When they do end up fighting, AJ McKee not only expects to get his hand raised, but he expects to KO Patricio Pitbull.
“I will knock his ass out. Wherever the fight goes, he is an elite striker but I’m too big and strong for him,” McKee said. “I will be too much for him. If his game plan is to take me down, he won’t get me down and I’ll pick him apart. Everyone gets into brawls with him and throw hooks, I have almost a foot reach advantage, so I’ll use my jab and straight punches and eventually find the KO punch.”
If AJ McKee does get the KO win over Pitbull he says he will give him an immediate rematch, but wants it at lightweight so he can beat him in back-to-back fights to become the champ-champ.
“When I knock his ass out, people will say I got lucky. I will give him an immediate rematch but the rematch will be at lightweight so I can knock his ass out there too and take both his belts,” AJ concluded.
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