Former Bellator MMA featherweight champion AJ McKee has given his thoughts on the upcoming fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev to determine the new UFC lightweight champion.
‘Mercenary’ will make his lightweight debut against Spike Carlyle at Bellator 286 on October 1, 2022 at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.
The 27-year-old spoke to Giancarlo Aulino about Sportskeeda MMA in an exclusive interview to preview his lightweight debut among several other developments in the sport.
When asked to preview the main event for the upcoming UFC pay-per-view event, AJ McKee said:
“I’m not sure. It’s going to be intriguing. I feel like Oliveira might come out on the edge because of his roundness. His striking is just a bit less orthodox. So, I feel like it’s going to play a part in it.”
The record holder for the most submissions in UFC history (16), Oliveira has shown a refined version of his punching abilities, most notably in his fights against Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje.
Watch the exclusive interview with AJ McKee below:
“If I can’t be undefeated, no one can” – AJ McKee on Usman Nurmagomedov’s run
Bellator MMA lightweight champion Patricky Pitbull is set to defend his title against Usman Nurmagomedov at the upcoming Bellator 288 event on November 18, 2022.
The undefeated prospect hailing from the famed Eagles MMA team is a cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., the 24-year-old will be aiming to join the academy’s long list of champions through various promotions.
Bellator No. 3-ranked male pound-for-pound fighter AJ McKee previewed the Bellator 288 fight while talking to Giancarlo Aulino about Sportskeeda MMA in an exclusive interview.
McKee’s undefeated record was broken by Patrício Pitbull in their rematch at Bellator 277. ‘Mercenary’ claimed that no fighter can go undefeated if he can’t:
“If Benson [Henderson] don’t understand it [lightweight champion] next, so I want it next. If it’s Pitbull, like I said, at least you know I’m waiting for him. And if it’s Usman, if I can’t be undefeated, nobody can. That’s how it should be.”
Hometown favorite AJ McKee will be looking forward to an impressive performance on his home turf at Bellator 286 against former UFC fighter Spike Carlyle.
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