‘This Is My Sport’- A.J. McKee Sends Emphatic Warning to UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski

Published 08/26/2021, 11:36 PM EDT


Bellator MMA featherweight champion A.J. McKee has a message for those who think he couldn’t beat UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. Recently, the Bellator sensation appeared in an interview with ‘The MMA HOUR’, hosted by Ariel Helwani.

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The Bellator champion gave his insights on many topics ranging from his next matchup to his titular win and also his opinion on UFC. While speaking, Helwani threw him a question where he asked what he thinks about people saying a Bellator champ like him can’t take on UFC featherweight kingpin, Alexander Volkanovski.

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The ‘Mercenary’ calmly detailed what he thinks about ‘The Great‘. “I think once again, this is what I have done my entire life,” he told Helwani. “He (Volkanovski) has spent the majority of his life playing rugby… he is a great champion, but this is my sport, this is what I do… when it comes to another fighter, especially at 145 pounds, it’s not gonna be nice. I’m coming out victorious”

The ‘Mercenary’ further explained how easy it was for him to beat some outstanding fighters in his gym. According to him, Volkanovski comes under the category of ‘good fighters’ but not the best ones.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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McKee certainly has numbers to show his dominance in MMA. The ace performer has so far featured in 18 fights, all for Bellator, and hasn’t faced a defeat yet. He recently defeated former champion, Patricio Freire, at Bellator 263 and defeated the champ via submission in round 1 to claim the gold.

What’s next for A.J. McKee?

The ‘Mercenary’ has a championship clause in hand. He can fight three more fights that could take up to a year. If he hadn’t won the fight, he could have been a free agent by September.

McKee now wants to return to the ring soon and also hopes to fight before the end of this year. He wants to face Pitbull for the lightweight title. He also has his eyes set on plenty of interesting matchups to fill his remaining fights with the promotion.

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“I don’t care about the money so much, but I just want to fight,” he said. “But obviously, this is how I take care of my family, my father’s family, so that’s key. And he’s been in the sport, he knows what to expect. He knows what the sport is.” (via MMA Fighting)

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It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the ‘Mercenary’. A fighter like him could certainly stand up in the shark-filled waters of UFC. For now, he is happy to make waves in Bellator.

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What did you make of McKee’s comments on Volkanovski? Let us know.

 

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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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