Former Bellator featherweight champion AJ McKee has booked his return to the cage.
‘Mercenary’ has been out of the cage since a unanimous decision victory over Roberto de Souza last December. AJ McKee’s victory came in the main event of Bellator X RIZIN, and it was his second in a row. That October, he scored a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Spike Carlyle.
Following that win in December, AJ McKee was booked to be a part of Bellator’s million-dollar lightweight Grand Prix. The former champion was expected to face Patricky Pitbull in July but was forced out due to injury. Now, months after that canceled bout, he’s set to return to the cage.
As first reported by Marc Raimondi of ESPN MMA, AJ McKee will return at a Bellator event on November 17th. There, he will face the returning Sidney Outlaw. As of now, it isn’t known if the card will be Bellator 302, but 301 was announced by Scott Coker earlier this week.
For his part, ‘Da Gun’ enters his matchup with AJ McKee off the biggest victory of his career. In August, he scored an upset over Islam Mamedov, winning by unanimous decision. That was his third win in his last four cage appearances, previously notching wins over Myles Jury and Adam Piccolotti.
As of now, AJ McKee vs. Sidney Outlaw is the only fight that’s been announced for Bellator’s November event. The card comes at a very strange time in the company’s history. Over the last few months, there have been rumors that the promotion will be sold to the PFL for $900 million dollars.
Earlier this summer, Scott Coker even confirmed that talks were ongoing for a sale. However, given this fight announcement of AJ McKee’s return, it’s safe to say that Bellator has a little life left.
MMA DETECTIVE MIKE DAVIS REPORT on PFL and Bellator. Those close to the situation believe that Bellator will now “go away.” Talks are no longer taking place between the PFL and Bellator.
Wasnt he a FA? How tf did ufc not sign him
Prob cause they (UFC ) U Fight Cheap
Offered him 24k/24k and 4k venum sponsorship
No way they offered him anything clise to that with what they gave chandler, i love chandler but aj is a better fighter
I was joking, regarding numbers…
I knew you were with the low numbers but still how do ypu not sign him
I can only tell you this
Source is VERY credible
I am only telling you what someone i respect and know within the industry told me
He would be a great addition
Keep this guy away from the UFC.
Usman, McKee, Shabliy, Primus, Barnaoui etc… would be a great addition to the UFC LW division and it would shake up that top 15 for sure, especially in 2024.
A lot of the UFC’s most popular LW’s like Dustin, Gaethje, Tony, Green, Chandler are most likely retiring after a few more fights.