Bellator Featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull is set to defend his belt against AJ McKee in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Finals at Bellator 263 on July 31.
The Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix which started with 16 fighters has now come down to just two fighters. The champion Patricio Freire is now going to fight the no.1 contender and the finalist of the tournament A.J. McKee at Bellator 263. On June 16, the promotion announced that the Bellator 263 will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 31, and will be headlined by Freire vs. McKee for the featherweight championship fight.
— Bellator Public Relations (@BellatorPR) June 16, 2021
The Bellator President Scott Coker stated that this will be the biggest fight in Bellator history.
“This is without a doubt going to be the biggest BELLATOR fight of all time,” said BELLATOR President Scott Coker. “AJ McKee has been calling for a shot at Pitbull’s title since his very first professional victory inside our cage six years ago. Now he’s finally getting the opportunity to realize his dream of becoming a world champion against the winningest fighter in BELLATOR history. For Pitbull a win over McKee in this tournament final would be a statement piece to add to his long list of accolades and legacy as the best 145-pounder on the planet.”
The Bellator’s two-division champion Patricio Pitbull is also the no.1 pound for pound fighter in their rankings. He is often regarded as the best fighter in this promotion. With an overall record of 32-4 and with 23 finishes he is a complete MMA fighter with an all-around skill set. Currently riding a seven-fight win streak, Patricio has defended his featherweight title five times during his reign.
He made his way to the tournament final by defeating Juan Archuleta, Pedro Carvalho, and Emmanuel Sanchez. He hasn’t lost in six years and has some notable wins over Daniel Straus and Daniel Weichel and Michael Chandler. He also became the second two-division champion in the history of the promotion after defeating Michael Chandler.
On the other hand, AJ Mckee is yet to taste defeat in his professional fighting career. He holds an amazing 17-0 record and has had a brilliant run in the Bellator’s featherweight division. McKee faced Georgi Karakhanyan in the opening round of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix and won the fight via knockout in just 8 seconds. After that, he went on to defeat Derek Campos and submitted Caldwell to secure a spot in the finals of the tournament.
Bellator 263 lineup:
- Champion Patricio Freire vs. A.J. McKee –Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Finals
- Magomed Magomedov vs. Raufeon Stots
- Mads Burnell vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
- Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Manny Muro
- Kiefer Crosbie vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
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