AJ McKee might still be under contract with Bellator MMA but the featherweight champ is not afraid of admitting that his goal is to be in the UFC one day.
AJ McKee is the featherweight king in Bellator MMA. The fighter is ready to take on MMA legend Patricio Pitbull in one of the most-anticipated matchups. The fight takes place at Bellator 277 to defend his featherweight title. AJ has never been shy to call out the best fighters and recently, leading up to the Patricio rematch, McKee has mentioned publicly that he is ready for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
McKee feels like he is not being paid his worth in the Bellator given he is a 27-year-old undefeated champion. AJ also dreams of wrapping the UFC belt around his waist which makes his move to the UFC very possible. In a recent interview with The Schmo, McKee speaks about his aspirations for the future.
“It’s nothing personal. I am comfortable where I’m at. I love where I am at. It’s no secret. I will definitely hold that title one day,” said AJ McKee on fighting in the UFC. “But I am comfortable where I’m at, at the moment. We’ll see how things work out. We’ll see where the path lies. But at the moment I’m taking one foot in front of another in the course that I’m walking at.”
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AJ McKee says anything under a million is not reasonable for his new contract
McKee believes he needs to be paid more. AJ believes in order for the Bellator to keep him the promotion would have to offer him a champion’s contract that will guarantee him at least a million dollars per fight. McKee believes he is rightfully deserving of that number given he is an undefeated featherweight champion at the age of 27.
Ahead of his first title defense, McKee spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and revealed what the Bellator would have to do in order to keep him for a long term. “I had already fought previously for a million dollars. I feel I should never have to see anything under a million dollars again,” McKee tells Ariel Helwani. “Every time I step in that cage, there’s an ‘O’ in my record. For me to go backward, anything under a million, I feel it’s just not reasonable.”
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