Anyone who puts their finger on the pulse of MMA can see it AJ McKee There is a bright future. Bellator Featherweight Candidates are ready to become Marquee’s name, with 2021 set to be the decisive year.
With perfect records and the guidance of his father (retired MMA veteran Antonio McKee), McKee (17-0 MMA, 17-0 BMMA) could end this year with two Bellator titles instead of one. There is sex.
McKee is then watching Bellator’s Featherweight Grand Prix Final, challenging the winner of Patrício Freire vs. Emmanuel Sanchez with a belt and a $ 1 million prize. It’s an outstanding position, and one McKee knows he couldn’t be reached without good luck.
McKee seems to have been around for some time, as his entire 17-round career took place in Bellator, but he’s only 25 years old. He said his maturity had improved significantly in the last 12-18 months, but it wasn’t. This is not always the case. McKee admits that he may have enjoyed his youth a little, but it never caught up with him in the cage.
Now, with a clear spirit and a clear focus, McKee admits that he is lucky to be where he is. Undefeated and unharmed, he said he had no desire to have a backslide.
“I honestly have to give all the glory to God,” McKee told MMA Junkie. “Sure, there were fights that shouldn’t have been won. There were fights that I shouldn’t have. I wasn’t ready. I could learn lessons from each situation and there. I think being able to grow from was the key to me. If I took on some of the top names-I felt like I could do it regardless-difference Was what I was prepared for. Every fight I enter now feels like I’m 100% ready. It should look easy. I should go through these guys. That’s my skill set, and especially in my weight class, it’s 10 times better than any other athlete. I’m grateful for what I’ve experienced. “
McKee doesn’t hide the fact that he enjoyed it in his early twenties. He said that inadequate decision-making never put him at risk of collapsing everything around him, but everything that was traditionally considered necessary to succeed at the highest levels of MMA. I wasn’t sure about that.
According to McKee, there were no unusual incidents that changed his approach for the better. He said it was slowly accumulating over time.
“I think it was an accumulation,” McKee said. “It was an accumulation that got my dad on my ass and turned me in the right direction to the point where he stopped talking. And when my dad stopped talking, you really messed up Like humans, everyone gets smarter as they get older. The particular habits you live in, the particular lifestyles-they become a kind of old. Your path now and your path to the future. I think I’m using it as a motivation. I don’t go to parties anywhere.
“I can be a millionaire and the party is right there. I can have my own party. As I get older, my priorities get right and I can feed my family. I think doing it for your family is a big key to me. There are many people who respect and rely on me. It’s a big thing that changes my way and brings life together. I think it was a motivation. “
The roads aren’t always smooth outside the cage, but McKee was incredible inside the cage. His 17 consecutive wins are the longest in Bellator history, and his 12 running finishes are the second best in company history.
Along the way, both fans and McKee himself criticized the build for being too slow. But it’s hard to argue that the company isn’t doing it the right way, as McKee’s next fight is scheduled for the title.
Bellator President Scott Coker recently told MMA Junkie that McKee is on the way to becoming an MMA. “Belator and Sports Megastar” He pointed out the matchmaking process as a contributor. He said McKee couldn’t see the big picture before, but now he can’t challenge the process.
“I have to come to my last amateur fight and give all the credit to my dad and Scott Coker who signed Bellator directly,” McKee said. “He’s often seen in this company. He’s been waiting for me to enter my stardom. He’s a real star, the best athlete, not just the best in the world. In fact Being a star, you can only deal with light, pressure, money, and lifestyle. I have to take off my hat to Scott Coker and my dad. They work diligently every day to build me. I worked. “
However, part of the challenge of becoming an MMA promoter, especially a promoter other than the UFC, is that there is always a risk in building a fighter and you just have to flee elsewhere. McKee could enter the danger zone as there are only two battles left under the current Bellator contract.
If McKee wins a featherweight tournament and wins the belt, the Bellator contract has a word of championship that will prevent him from entering the situation of a free agent with ultimate power. McKee still intends to have full control over his future and believes he will be in a position to make the final decision.
“You know how the deal works-they have clauses etc-but we sit down,” McKee said. “You definitely have to sit down after this tournament. Going through this tournament, knocking out the” pitbull “ass and shocking the world again, it will give me a lot of leverage. I’ve always said that. I’m MMA’s Floyd Mayweather, so I’m aiming to be undefeated by earning that Floyd money and a $ 100 million check. Habib (Nurmagomedov) is the only other person to do it, and he does not do it like I do. “
The higher McKee’s star, the more discussion there will be about comparisons with other UFC top featherweights. The idea of confusing it with the game’s biggest name is hard for McKee to completely erase, and he hinted that it was the argument he wanted to finally resolve.
“I’m going to make some examples from people,” McKee said. “I can’t wait. I overlook the UFC and want to spend Field Day with these people.” Brian Ortega put me in a triangle when I was 19 years old. If that happens, I need to get the child back. He, (Max) Holloway, (Alexander) Volkanovski – these are the three I really see. If you’re not in the top three, I really don’t care. That is my way of thinking. If you’re not at the top of the food chain, why do I care about you? “
It looks like McKee’s puzzle pieces fit together nicely. The road ahead consists of large-scale battles with celebrities, and McKee said it won’t be long before he’s on the A side forever, no matter which promotional banner they are under.
“This is a new era, a new wave,” McKee said. “I’m coming with all my might. I don’t really care who will be in the finals and I think it’s more scaring to people. I really don’t care. After all, I fight them. They are in a cage to fight me. I will go there and continue to do my best. “
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