A.J. McKee’s impressive 2015 campaign has earned him a measure of security in Bellator.
The California-based promotion announced on Thursday that it has signed McKee to a multi-fight, multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. McKee made his professional debut in 2015 and went 3-0 under the Bellator banner, finishing all three of his foes inside of a round. He last competed at Bellator 147, where he knocked out J.T. Donaldson with a knee 3:19 into the opening frame.
“In his first three fights, he’s proved he can finish an opponent in various ways, and he’s got the style and charisma to match his fighting skills,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a release. “We have the many of the best featherweights in the world fighting for Bellator, and A.J. has left no doubt in my mind that he belongs in that group.”
McKee is the son of 37-fight veteran Antonio McKee, who competed for organizations such as the UFC, IFL, Maximum Fighting Championship and WSOF over the course of his professional career. Featherweight is arguably one of Bellator’s best divisions with the presence of talents like champion Daniel Straus, Patricio Freire, Daniel Weichel, Pat Curran, Georgi Karakhanyan and Bubba Jenkins, to name a few.
“I’m the 'Mercenary' and I’ve been hired to slaughter the 145-pound competition,” McKee said. “I don’t fight for the money, I don’t fight for the fame, I fight for the fans; and since Bellator MMA, Spike and Viacom are all about entertainment, we are a match made in heaven.”