AJ McKee Reflects On Competing On Same Card As His Father

AJ McKee and father Antonio McKee both competed this past weekend at Bellator 228, with both coming out victorious in their respective fights.

The younger McKee calls what he and the elder McKee accomplished at Bellator 228 “phenomenal.”

“It was phenomenal,” McKee said at the Bellator 228 post-fight news conference (via Dave Doyle & Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie). “Him going in there and doing what he had to do, it set the tone right for me. I knew I had a job to do. He constantly said it. Go in there, you win, set the night off, finish with a bang.”

Antonio scored a second round TKO victory over William Sriyapai on the preliminary card, while AJ scored an eight second knockout win over Georgi Karakhanyan to advance in the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix.

One goal AJ wanted to accomplish at Bellator 228 was to get the fastest knockout in the history of the promotion, which the fighter nearly did.

“Honestly before the fight I said I just wanted to go out and get Bellator’s fastest knockout,” McKee said. “I think everyone was just so awed by the moment and how quick it was. But, shit, honestly I was surprised. But I knew I was capable of it, so why not?”

There was only one other father and son combination that competed together on the same Bellator card, with that duo being Haim and Aviv Gozali.

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