AJ McKee quits Patricio ‘Pitbull’ to earn $ 1,000,000 and the Bellator 263 featherweight championship
AJ McKee went undefeated, winning the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix, winning the featherweight championship, and taking in a payday of $ 1,000,000 at Bellator 263 on Saturday.
McKee improved his unbeaten record to 18-0 with a first-round win over longtime champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at Saturday’s Main Event at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
McKee hit with a headbutt that staggered Freire. When McKee sensed the end was near, McKee discharged a barrage of blows. An uppercut dropped Freire. “Pitbull” got up quickly and found himself in a standing guillotine stranglehold. Seconds later he was passed out.
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“We’re just getting started. This is just the beginning. When it started and they picked the bracket, I wanted the third or fourth pick. But God told me I was number one, so I knew that I was number one and now I am, ”McKee said after the win. “Mentality is the key. You have to put the work into it and my dad always says that hard work beats talent. “
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Bellator 263 Official Results:
- #1-AJ McKee (18-0) defeated C-Patricio Pitbull (32-5) by guillotine at 1:57 of the first round
- #8th-Mads Burnell (15-3) defeated # 2-Emmanuel Sanchez (20-5) by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Usman Nurmagomedov (13-0) defeated Manny Muro (12-7) over TKO (strokes) at 3:30 a.m. of the first round
- Islam Mamedov (20-1-1) defeated Brent Primus (10-2) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- # 5-Goiti Yamauchi (26-5) defeated Chris Gonzalez (6-1) over TKO (punches) at 3:53 of the first round
- # 10-Vanessa Porto (23-9) defeated Ilara Joanne (9-6) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Gadzhi Rabadanov (16-4-2) defeated Daniel Carey (7-5) over KO (blow) at 3:57 of the first round
- Khasan Magomedsharipov (6-0 defeated) Jonathan Quiroz (4-4) 4:21 of the second round TKO (strikes)
- Joshua Jones (11-5) defeated Johnny Cisneros (13-8) via TKO (Strikes) at 4:15 of the second round
- Georgi Karakhanyan (31-11-1) defeated Pine Crosbie (8-3) by forwarding (arm triangle choke) at 4:25 of the first round
- Brian Moore (14-7) defeated Jordan Winski (11-3) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)