AJ Mckee started his professional MMA career in 2015 and went 18-0 with all 18 of his professional fights occurring inside the Bellator MMA cage. After winning the Bellator MMA Featherweight Grand Prix AJ Mckee lost a controversial decision at Bellator 277 to Patricio Freire as his final fight at 145lbs before moving up to the Lightweight division.  Defeating UFC veteran Spike Carlyle in an absolute barn burner of a fight, AJ Mckee followed up that performance with a victory as the main event in Japan against Rizin FF Lightweight Champion Roberto Satoshi De Souza.

Only 27 years of age and 20-1 as a professional fighter in MMA, AJ Mckee is a 2nd generation fighter following in his father NHB legend Antonio Mckee’s footsteps. Also announced is that Bellator MMA will be holding a Lightweight Grand Prix next season with AJ Mckee after allowing the athlete to field offers from several other promotions before ultimately signing a new 6 fight partnership with the promotion. Mckee who is homegrown with Bellator MMA will look to spend the next 2-4 years with the promotion before potentially becoming a career long Bellator MMA superstar.

Scott Coker went on to say “Our top priority has always been to cultivate talent from the ground up, and with AJ I can proudly say we have witnessed this young man blossom into a bonafide superstar in the Bellator Cage. It’s our priority to retain top talent, and with AJ entering the prime of his career, it was important to make sure he continued representing the Bellator brand, much like he did recently in Japan for the foreseeable future.  With ”Big Brother”‘ Patricky Pitbull already in the Bellator 8 man lightweight World Grand Prix things will be interesting once bouts are announed.

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