A.J. McKee’s Dad Doesn’t Want His Son to Work With ‘Piece of Sh*t’ Dana White

Published 08/01/2021, 12:04 PM EDT


Bellator elite A.J. McKee stunned Patricio Pitbull to claim the featherweight gold at Bellator 263. The latter submitted to the former inside two minutes of the first round in the card’s main event. McKee also claimed a $1 million prize for winning the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix.

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This was a complete performance from McKee that has now elevated him to a whole new level. Many people have also started talking about his potential move to the biggest MMA promotion, UFC.

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But there is at least one person in this world who has apprehensions for the star’s impending move to the Dana White-led UFC. His father cum coach, Antonio McKee.

In a backstage interview after his son’s victory, the former fighter gave insights into what he thought about his win. He also shared his views on UFC supremo Dana White.

“I don’t wanna jeopardize my son’s career, but I personally think he (Dana) is a piece of sh*t,” Antonio told. “It is what it is. I mean, I’m a man, I really have a hard time. But my son is the best fighter in the world whether I like Dana or Dana likes me, it doesn’t matter to me.”

He further added, “he is different. He’s A.J. McKee. I’m just a coach so I won’t get involved in his relationships with Dana if he decides to go to UFC…But it’s only just for the benefit of my son.”

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The coach then described an incident where Dana had kicked McKee out from the nationals. But he’s thankful that it motivated McKee to achieve big later.

A.J. McKee vs Patricio Pitbull- in brief

The fight had a slow opening. Both fighters stayed in their position while throwing kicks. Pitbull’s disadvantage was that he had a shorter reach than McKee’s. The distance favored the longer reach of McKee, which proved to be the deciding factor in the end.

McKee then threw a head kick exactly when Pitbull ducked down. The latter just moved his head directly into the lane of McKee’s kick. A couple of punches later, McKee started celebrating as Pitbull was on the canvas.

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However, the fight was still on and McKee dashed back to lock up the guillotine submission and force the stoppage at the 1:57 mark of round 1.

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With this win, McKee has now grabbed the spotlight. It will be interesting to see his next move as the Bellator featherweight kingpin.

What did you make of McKee’s father’s statement on Dana White?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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