Sport Video: Patricio Freire or A.J. McKee – who has more to lose at Bellator 263?
Video: Patricio 'Pitbull' predicts a second-round submission victory over A.J. McKee at Bellator 263
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – is very confident the judges won't be involved in the outcome of Bellator 263's main event when he faces A.J. McKee. "Pitbull" believes he will not only win the finals of the featherweight grand prix and retain his Bellator title, but do it in style…“Pitbull” believes he will not only win the finals of the featherweight grand prix and retain his Bellator title, but do it in style by submitting McKee in the second round.
At long last, A.J. McKee gets his shot at a Bellator title Saturday.
McKee (17-0 MMA, 17-0 BMMA) reached the final of Bellator’s featherweight grand prix, as did dual champion Patricio Freire (32-4 MMA, 20-4 BMMA), who will put his 145-pound title up for grabs against the unbeaten standout.
McKee will be fighting in front of what is likely to be a friendly crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., not far from his home base. A win would give him not only the tournament crown, but Freire’s featherweight title (Freire also is the lightweight champion).
Considering McKee has long predicted he’d become featherweight champion, who has more to lose? A loss for him would be his first – and deny him what he’s promised himself. A loss for Freire would take arguably his most important title, but still leave him with the 155-pound strap.
Bellator 263 -- Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee: Fight card, date, odds, location, start time, complete guide
A massive fight for the bantamweight championship goes down from CaliforniaPitbull, who also holds the lightweight title, battled his way to the tournament finals with wins over Juan Archuleta, Pedro Carvalho and Emmanuel Sanchez. McKee finished all three of his previous tournament fights, beating Georgi Karakhanyan, Derek Campos and Darrion Caldwell.
Our “Spinning Back Clique” host John Morgan asked this week’s panel of George Garcia, Mike Bohn and Nolan King which of those two superstars has more on the line Saturday.
Check out that topic in the video above, and don’t miss the full episode below.MORE:
Bellator 264: Gegard Mousasi vs. John Salter preview and prediction .
Preview and prediction for Gegard Mousasi vs. John Salter at Bellator 264. The first title defense in the second Bellator middleweight title reign of Gegard Mousasi will take place in the main event of Bellator 264, as he takes on John Salter. Mousasi reclaimed the championship with a one-side d decision win over then-welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 250 in October. His first reign began at Bellator 200 in May 2018, just over a year after Mousasi jumped from the UFC to Bellator, with a finish of Rafael Carvalho. Mousasi defended the title against Rory MacDonald before losing it in an upset majority decision to Rafael Lovato Jr.