AJ McKee hopes to test his boxing skills against McGregor and Mayweather
Bellator featherweight champion AJ McKee hopes to test his skills against the best in combat sports, including Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
McKee quickly became one of the best mixed martial artists in the world. At just 26 years old, âMercenaryâ built an unblemished 18-0 record, which includes 13 finishes, beating Darrion Caldwell and Patricio Pitbull, and having Bellator’s 145-pound strap wrapped around his waist.
After an incredible crank submission victory over Caldwell in November 2020 sent him to the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix final, McKee established himself as the top dog in the division by then dethroning two-time champion Pitbull. A first-round starter secured his place on the throne and his place among the world’s featherweight elite.
McKee has an eye on the ring
Since extending his perfect record and joining the Champions Club, many have wondered how McKee compared to the top featherweight stars in the UFC. While he maintains he’s the best in the world, a sentiment shared by Bellator mainstay Scott Coker, 145-pound UFC title holder Alexander Volkanovski is not so sure.
At such a young age, McKee has plenty of time to improve his skills and close any gap that may exist between him and Volkanovski and Max Holloway, and maybe even move on to the first MMA organization to challenge them. But his ambitions don’t stop at facing the best in the cage.
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, McKee revealed his aspirations to challenge the greats in all areas of the fight. With that in mind, he hopes to test his abilities against former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor and legendary undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather inside the square circle.
“Hell yeah (I’m gonna box McGregor), what’s up, he has a few fights left, Showtime Boxing, let’s do it.” Definitely, I will box anyoneâ¦ I am a fighter. I want to test my skills against the best. That’s why I always called Floyd. It’s not like, ‘Ah, I want to beat Floyd.’ I want to test my skills, melee, with one of the best melee athletes.
âI’m down for anyone. If it’s 145, ’55, 170, boxing I’ll go up three weight classes, what do I have to lose? It does not affect my mixed martial arts career record. For me, these are just movements of money, fun and games.
With Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz, Frank Mir, Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley all stepped into the ring in the past year or so, a call from Mayweather and McGregor of a rising MMA champion isn’t so crazy that it would have seemed before 2021.
If McKee continues to dominate Bellator and possibly make the transition to the UFC, we may see him lace up the boxing gloves against names like âThe Notoriousâ McGregor and âMoneyâ Mayweather in the years to come. Having called the latter before, it looks like this is what McKee is really aiming for.
How would you like to see AJ McKee test his skills in the ring against Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather?