Rising prospect A.J. McKee demonstrated once more that he’s the guy to keep in your crosshairs. Needing only two rounds, McKee overwhelmed and crushed Cody Walker to win by TKO at the .32 second mark of round two.
Emerging with a vengeance early in round, McKee drew first blood scoring a takedown on Walker against the cage. Despite being able to regain his footing, and partially evade McKee for the remaining duration of the round, Walker lacked the tools necessary to slow down the McKee’s onslaught. Heading into round two, McKee maintained his aggressive attack to position Walker on the canvas and lock in a guillotine choke to pick up the win.
Brash and brave, McKee made his intentions clear in the post-fight interview by calling out Pitbull, and anybody else ready to fight, and touched on why he believes he and longtime friend Joey Davis are the future of Bellator.
“I’m interested in fighting anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Fighting is what I love to do. The paychecks are a bonus. Since I was a little kid I wanted a state championship and a belt. You got a boxing contract for me tomorrow [to Scott Coker]? I’ll go fight tomorrow.”
“I feel like we are going to the faces of Bellator. If anybody thinks otherwise they can sign that dotted line and get in the cage.”
Making his pro-debut, decorated amateur wrestler Joey Davis defeated Keith Cutrone by unanimous decision with judges final scores: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
When asked to evaluate his performance, Davis is looking to improve as time passes.
“I wanted to show Bellator what I could do. I thought I did ok, but I can do better. I should have thrown more combos but they guy was tough and he could take a beating.”
It’s one step at a time. There are a lot of people ahead of me, but I’m a quick learner.