VIDEO: Patricio Freire Storms Out of Press Conference After a Heated Altercation With AJ McKee

Published 07/30/2021, 2:00 AM EDT


Bellator 263 features an epic fight between two of Bellator’s most talented fighters in Patricio Freire and A.J. McKee. This will also be the final of the featherweight tournament, with the winner walking away with the belt and a cool $1 million prize. Hence, there is a lot on the line both monetarily and in terms of legacy for both men going into this fight. Tensions, therefore, are at an all-time high between ‘Pitbull’ and McKee. 

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The promotion recently organized a press conference for Bellator 263. Among other fighters, it involved ‘Pitbull’ and McKee. The two men were involved in an altercation and had to be separated by Bellator head honcho Scott Coker and the security present at the site. 

The current champion took offense to McKee mentioning his family and stood up in protest. Seizing his opportunity, McKee snatched Freire’s belt, which was on his side of the table. This further infuriated the champion, who lunged forward towards his foe. ‘Pitbull’ then made a statement by storming out of the press conference. 

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Following the incident, he shared his thoughts on what had transpired. He said, “Things went south when he started to talk sh*t about respect. Everyone knows his father was saying to the media that I was on drugs. After that, he said something about (how he) would beat me in front of my family. I will make him show some respect for them. The last one who talked sh*t like this, I kicked his a** in less than a minute. Now, he deserves the same thing”

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Patricio Freire has a chance to further cement his place as an all-time great

During his time with Bellator, Freire has faced the very best the promotion has had to offer. McKee, his latest test, might arguably be his toughest to date. The American fighter is undefeated and has been on a tear recently. He has stopped four of his last five opponents and has looked extremely impressive in his last few outings.

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However, Freire is an extremely well-rounded fighter and has made tremendous gains in his game over the past few years. If he wins the fight, he will not only defend his belt one more time, but he will also cement his place amongst the best to ever do it at Bellator MMA.

What do you make of the fight between Freire and McKee? Who do you think takes the win? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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