AJ McKee targets “double-champ” status as he challenges Patricky Freire for Bellator’s lightweight strap

A.J. McKee set his sights on becoming 'double champ' by taking on Patricky Freire for the lightweight belt. Looks set for 2022 return. Read all about it here.

AJ McKee
AJ McKee

A.J. McKee dethroned former long-time Bellator double champ, Patricio Freire at Bellator 263 submitting him via guillotine choke early in the first round to win the featherweight belt. He also won the 145-pound Grand Prix tournament receiving a cash prize of $1 million.

Now, ‘The Mercenary’ has set his sights on the Lightweight title which is currently held by Patricio’s brother, Patricky Freire to become the third double champ in Bellator’s history.

The lightweight belt was last held by Patricio Freire who also happened to be the second person in Bellator’s history to hold two belts simultaneously but he vacated his position as lightweight champion soon after his loss against A.J. McKee in order to focus on a potential fight against the American.

The vacated position was then fought for by Patricky Freire and Peter Queally at Bellator 270 which was won by and continues to be under the reign of the Freire family.

AJ McKee responds to Patricky Freire’s tweet ‘Hello Bellator, who’s next?’

AJ McKee vs Patricky Freire
A.J. McKee vs Patricky Freire

Patricky Freire took to Twitter saying, “Hello Bellator, who’s next? ” as he’s looking to make his first title defense. McKee replied to his tweet offering the Brazilian a proposition for a fight between the champs.

Last having fought Patricky’s younger brother Patricio Freire for the featherweight belt almost six months ago, it’s time for him to come back to the ring and show why he’s undefeated in his career and a fight against ‘The Pitbull’ for the lightweight belt looks to be a perfect matchup for the promotion.

However, there is a possibility that McKee might be coming back to Bellator not to fight for another belt but to make his title defense in a rematch against the younger ‘Pitbull’. McKee with his 17-0 record might just be able to convince Scott Coker for a title shot against Patricky. Do you think the American deserves the chance to have a go at the lightweight belt? We shall find out.

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