In a recent interview, AJ McKee’s father Antonio commented on how and why his shocking appearance in Jake Paul’s music video for Dana White came to fruition.
The YouTuber-turned-boxer has been embroiled in a war of words with the UFC president over the 52-year-old’s treatment of fighters and his refusal to let him fight fighters on his roster.
In a chat with Cageside Press, Antonio McKee explained why he featured in the controversial music video, saying:
“Well, you know. When your son is famous, it makes you famous. Jake Paul reached out to me about being in the video and knowing our issue with Dana and the whole UFC compensation structure, I thought That would be a great opportunity… What better person could he have had than me? So that’s why it happened.
AJ McKee and his father are huge fans of Jake Paul and all he does to promote fighter pay in boxing and mixed martial arts. Later in the interview, Antonio sang the former Disney star’s praises.
“Jake Paul is a good guy, he’s a smart guy, he’s good marketing. Everything he does makes sense to me because I understand the big picture of the sport…I think we need more fighters like that at the highest level to make the change in the sport… I look forward to working with him in the future if possible.”
Check out Antonio McKee’s thoughts on Jake Paul and more in the 7-minute video below.
What’s next for AJ McKee?
After his incredibly dominant victory over Patricio Pitbull to win the featherweight title at Bellator 263 last year, AJ McKee is ready for his next mission.
After emerging unscathed in his last outing, the undefeated prospect is tasked with defending his new belt in an instant rematch against the Brazilian veteran. Both 145ers are locked to headline Bellator 277 on April 15.
McKee is ready to test out free agency once his current contract expires and wants to fight Brian Ortega of the UFC – a friendly rivalry that stems from the BJJ black belt submitting the 26-year-old to training.
Dana White has openly admitted an interest in the all-rounder and hopes to sign him once his contract runs out.