AJ McKee – Patricio Freire Trilogy Is For Legacy, Bellator 286 Is For Spike Carlyle

AJ McKee and Patricio Freire have had two good fights with each owning a win in the first two meetings however, they take a break from their rivalry ahead of Bellator 286, which will be taking place on Saturday night at Long Beach Arena in California.

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AJ McKee Jr ended Patricio Freire’s title reign with a first round stoppage win and the latter emerged victorious in their rematch earlier this year and despite fighting at different weight classes this coming weekend, they both seem to be heading in a trajectory of a trilogy.

AJ McKee will be making his Bellator lightweight debut against Spike Carlyle, while Freire will look to defend the Featherweight title for the first time since defeating McKee Jr to reclaim the title with a unanimous decision in his last outing. Whatever the outcome of their respective fights this weekend, they have some serious bad blood between them, which was evident in their run in at Bellator 286 media day.

“He walked around saying something with his f*cked-up English, talking about ‘motherfucker, fucker, motherfucker’ something,” McKee told MMA Junkie on Thursday. “That’s his favorite word. I think that’s the only word he knows, but … whatever.”

AJ McKee Jr is already looking forward to facing Freire again after making his Lightweight debut, while the latter will be defending the title against Adam Borics in the main event of the same card. Bellator has kept them away for the weekend but former featherweight champion believes this weekend should have hosted their Trilogy.

“I have no idea. It’s on somebody,” McKee said. “I think we know I want to fight. For me, it’s just let’s just fight, man. I think it’s good for his legacy, it’s good for my legacy, and got to find out who the best of the best is. One-and-one, regardless of whatever I felt or he felt – one-and-one is one-and-one. You’re not gonna walk away from a game one-and-one. We need to settle this.”

Freire is no new to the Lightweight Division and has formerly held the Bellator Lightweight strap before vacating the title and dropping to the Featherweight division. McKee Jr looks to make a home at Lightweight and believes that their Trilogy is inevitable in his new division.

McKee wants to make a big statement in his lightweight debut but will have Spike Carlyle in his way, bring a five fight winnings streak since his dismissal from the UFC. Carlyle had three fights in the UFC and was dismissed after a 1 – 2 record however, his resurgence has seen him own wins in four different MMA Banners LFA, Cage Warriors, Bellator, and Rizin FF.

McKee is ready for War

“I’m not backing down, he’s not backing down, so it’s gonna be a war, man,” McKee said. “We’re gonna fight each other. But at the same time we respect each other enough, and that’s what it’s all about.”

“Saturday is Spike Carlyle’s night, and I’m looking forward to just putting on a great show with him,” McKee said. “… I’m a knockout artist at 145. So at 155, just being a bit bigger, stronger and better, I’m gonna have some fun.”


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