Former champion AJ McKee re-signs with Bellator MMA on multi-year, multi-fight deal

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Bellator has locked up one of its brightest stars for the future. The promotion announced that AJ McKee has signed an exclusive multi-year multi-fight contract with the organization on Tuesday.

Bellator president Scott Coker expressed his commitment to continue working with McKee, a Bellator veteran who went from rookie to world champion.

“Our number one priority has always been nurturing talent from the ground up, and with AJ I can proudly say that we have seen this young man develop into a bonafide superstar in the Bellator cage,” Coker said in a press release. “Retaining top talent is also a priority for us, and with AJ entering the prime of his career, it was important to ensure he continued to represent the Bellator brand, just as it did in Japan recently, in the future.

“I look forward to AJ’s next challenge, an appearance in our 2023 Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix, which features the best 155-pounders in the world.”

McKee, a former Bellator featherweight champion, is expected to take part in the upcoming Bellator Lightweight Grand Prix which also features lightweight champion Usman Nurmagomedov. McKee is currently ranked No. 2 in the featherweight division, No. 3 pound-for-pound and No. 8 at light weight. He is coming off a victory over reigning Rizin lightweight champion Roberto de Souza on New Year’s Eve.

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