A.J. McKee vs Patricio Freire Featherweight Title Rematch

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The featherweight championship title between A.J. McKee vs Patricio Freire has been targeted for a Bellator event in April, though it could also take place in May. The bout and its potential date were initially reported by Ariel Helwani. A venue and location have not been announced.

McKee completed his rise to the top of the 145-pound division this past July, defeating Freire via first-round submission in the Bellator 263 headliner in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old Team Bodyshop representative is 18-0 as a professional, with all of his triumphs coming under the Bellator banner. His ledger includes wins over the likes of Darrion CaldwellGeorgi KarakhanyanPat CurranJohn Teixeira and Justin Lawrence.

Freire had a seven-bout winning streak snapped in his loss to McKee. That included a run through the featherweight grand prix that saw him best Juan ArchuletaPedro Carvalho and Emmanuel Sanchez to reach the bracket’s finals. Freire was recently a two-division champion in the promotion, but he vacated the lightweight belt earlier this year in order to pursue a rematch with McKee. “Pitbull” has enjoyed two separate reigns as Bellator featherweight king during his promotional tenure.

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