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MMA Scribbles Newsletter - Issue #14

MMA Scribbles Newsletter
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A.J. McKee is the undefeated Bellator Featherweight champion and Grand Prix Champion. The 26-year-old second-generation mixed martial artist has been molded for greatness by being born into a sport that was coming into its own as martial arts evolved into what folks now know as MMA.
Following his journey as an older fan of the sport has been fun for me. McKee got on my radar in 2017 when he knocked out Dominic Mazzotta at Bellator 178. His humble way of handling the trash talk Mazzotta gave him before the fight was similar to the way he handled everything with Patricio Pitbull on fight week. He was the underdog in that fight and coincidentally, he landed a similar kick to the one that won him the title at Bellator 263.
Check out the post-event scrum here:
A.J. McKee Bellator 178 post-fight interview
A.J. McKee Bellator 178 post-fight interview
There’s something to be said about visualizing your success too.
Before the pandemic messed up everyone’s schedule, Bellator hosted an event to announce Spring and Summer dates for the rest of 2020. That was on March 9, the pandemic was declared on March 11.
Regardless of that, at the event I got to speak to McKee again for MMANews and before I recorded him, he was holding the belt and looking at it, seeing how it feels. He was trying it on for size like a suit he was about to get.
In the interview, he said, “It’s been written. It’s already been wrote or what’s been wrote has already been written.” He laughed about it because he had just gotten over knee surgery. The pandemic seemed to favor him getting more recovery time that only added to an already great athletic performance.
When he finally did fight again, he fought Darrion Caldwell. The fight was announced at the above-mentioned press conference. He won with a submission that had folks talking for a while. I wrote about it over at MyMMANews.
The Cranking Submission of Bellator 253
Despite all that, the thing that has most made me a fan of McKee is that his father, Antonio McKee (30-6-2) coaches him and has groomed him to become champion. Their interactions at events, even off camera shows that their relationship is something that transcends the sport and is what helped A.J. get to where he is today.
Still young in the sport with an 18-0 record, I’m sure we’re going to see a lot from A.J. and I’m looking forward to it. But there should be a 30-for-30 or something made about him and his father. That relationship seems to be the recipe for winning at life, not just MMA.
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