AJ McKee and James Gallagher are two undefeated featherweight prospects who both compete in Bellator MMA.
They are also not on the friendliest terms and according to McKee himself, the Irishman is simply a joke.
“I see him as a joke,” McKee said to MMA Junkie. “To even think he’s ready for title contention or belts is funny. At first he was calling me out, saying that he wants to fight me. Then I go (knock out Mazzotta) and all of a sudden he doesn’t want to fight me anymore? That’s funny to me; that shows that fear. He barked up the wrong tree. One of my quotes for him is, ‘You got a dog barking up a tree while the lion’s climbing it.’ He knows there’s a lion in front of him, and he’s still just a little puppy dog. At the end of the day, Patricio ‘Pitbull,’ he’s the one with that belt, so he’s the one I’m looking forward to fighting most.”
While McKee won’t be competing on the historic Bellator 180 card, the supposed 'joke' in Gallagher is facing Chinzo Machida at the event.
McKee does feel that Machida will prove to be the biggest test that Gallagher has faced thus far in his professional MMA career.
“Of course that’s his toughest test so far,” McKee said. “I really don’t think he’s fought anybody. We’ll see. Even Chinzo, he’s talking about how he’s a legend. He’s not a legend. (Lyoto) Machida is the legend. His brother, he’s a basic fighter just like Gallagher. We’ll see how that goes. I would like the winner of either one of them. Whoever wins, I’m willing to fight. I’ll fight anybody.”
Thus far in his professional MMA career, the featherweight prospect in McKee holds a record of 8-0-0 and all of those wins have come in Bellator MMA.