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A.J. McKee unimpressed with Patricio Pitbull’s Bellator 286 title defense: ‘It sucked ass’

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AJ McKee agrees with fans who weren’t thrilled about Patricio Pitbull’s latest winning performance.

The former featherweight champion had the opportunity to watch Pitbull in action after his own fight at Bellator 286 on Saturday in Long Beach, California, where he won a unanimous decision over Spike Carlyle. Although Pitbull scored a landslide victory over Adam Borix to successfully defend his 145-pound title, live viewers occasionally booed the Brazilian star’s methodical tactics, prompting him to respond with “Fuck you all!” combat interview.

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McKee appeared on Hour of MMA on Monday, and he was as blunt as the crowd when it came to discussing Pitbull’s victory.

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“That sucks, bro,” McKee said. “What [fight] it was terrible. He talks about how he’s a professional and my fight was like a fight in the backyard. Bro, this is a mixed martial arts fight. If you fight from under the hood, you will get the fight from under the hood. If you want to be technical, be technical. But you can’t say you’re a technical fighter when you poke people in the eye. And then when they tell the referee they got poked in the eye, you want to take a swing at them. Okay, I’ll bet. Each time you will receive fragments of the hood. There is no respect for this dude.”

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“What did he do?” McKee continued. “He fought. This is cool. I can do it too. He couldn’t stop my takedown. He didn’t try to bring me down because he can’t bring me down. Dude wrestling is rubbish.”

Saturday’s main event marked Pitbull’s eighth successful defense of the Bellator featherweight title and his first defense since defeating McKee this April at Bellator 277. This immediate rematch was set after McKee defeated Pitbull at Bellator 263 via first-round submission. .

A trilogy bout was discussed, but both fighters also mentioned finding new homes in different weight classes (McKee fought at 155 pounds for the first time last weekend, Pitbull teased a move to bantamweight to add another title to his collection, which already includes straps weighing 145 and 155 pounds). If it was up to McKee, he and Pitbull would settle the score before going their separate ways for good.

“I think it should [be next]”Mackey said of Pitbull’s third fight. “For his legacy, for my legacy. If not, then whatever. Like I said, bigger and better things, that’s what I do. I would like this to happen. It has to happen. I think that’s what people want. I think this is what I want.

“I don’t know if he wants it, but once and for all, I think we need to work it out, you know? I can’t leave the game open.”

There was a 10-month hiatus between their first and second fights, which Mackey felt seemed too long and cooled their rivalry somewhat. If Pitbull agrees to a third fight, McKee will try to make it happen as soon as possible.

“As for me, I’m ready,” McKee said. “I am not beaten, I am not scratched. This is my whole business, I want to be as active as possible. Obviously, if I get beat up a little, I’ll take a vacation. But there are no days off. You have to just keep grinding and keep going and going and going.

“I’m 27 years old, entering my prime and this is what I’m looking forward to. I just put on great shows and put on some more brawls.”

Asked if he and Pitbull had any skirmishes last Saturday that might have raised anticipation for a third meeting, McKee described what was only a fleeting encounter with his nemesis.

“He made it clear that he loves the word ‘bastard’ but that’s about it,” McKee said. “I was passing by as we were looking down and all that, we were all in this little five foot space and I heard ‘f*ck the bastard’ and thought it must be him. And of course it was him, so I just burst out laughing. It was funny.”


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