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Best Shots: AJ McKee dominates Patricio Pitbull to win Bellator featherweight WGP

McKee become a new featherweight champion at Bellator 263

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AJ McKee secures the win against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire via technical submission in the first round to win Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix and claim a 145-pound title. The pair squared off in the main event of Bellator 263 live on DAZN from The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Saturday July 31.

AJ McKee
AJ McKee | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee
AJ McKee | Bellator MMA
Patricio Pitbull
Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA

McKee tagged Freire with left kick to the head and followed it up with a flurry of punches, dropping his opponent to the canvas. When the latter tried to get back up McKee locked his next to perform a guillotine choke.

AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA

The fight officially ended at 1 minute and 57 seconds into the first round.

AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA
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“We are just getting started. This is only the beginning. When it first started and they were selecting the bracket, I wanted the third or fourth pick.”

AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA

“But God told me that I am number one so when I picked that first draw, I knew that I was number one and now I am. Mentality is the key. You have to put the work in and my dad always says, hard work beats talent.”

AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee celebrates victory
AJ McKee celebrates victory | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee lifts featherweight title
AJ McKee lifts featherweight title | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee vs Patricio Pitbull
AJ McKee and Patricio Pitbull post-fight | Bellator MMA
AJ McKee celebrates victory
AJ McKee celebrates victory | Bellator MMA

Get the full Bellator 263: Pitbull vs McKee results and updates.

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