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A.J. McKee Is Willing to Fight Anyone After Big-Name Opponents Keep Withdrawing

September 20, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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A.J. McKee spoke with MMAjunkie for a new interview before his fight with John Teixeira at Bellator 205. Highlights are below:

On having fights cancelled at the last minute with name opponents: “Everyone talks about who I’ve fought, or I haven’t fought anyone, but look at who I’ve been scheduled to fight. Emmanuel Sanchez pulled out a week before the fight. Henry Corrales pulled out a week before the fight. All these guys are talking about I haven’t fought anyone – well, none of you guys want to fight. And that’s why I’m kind of getting to the point now where, screw everyone. If you want to fight, let’s fight. Sign that dotted line.”

On hiding his broken hand before his fight with Blair Tugman at Bellator 182: “But that’s a real fighter. That’s a real warrior. And that’s what I love to do. I love to push myself to the deepest waters possible and see what I’m capable of. Those times of trial and tribulation are over. Now it’s time to do what I’m capable of doing and accept the glory. That’s where I’m at. (Sanchez) doesn’t deserve that title shot. All these guys want to take these title shots. Well, give me my title shot. Once that title shot comes, no one in the division’s getting another title shot. It’s staying around my waist, and then I’m going to go on to take the 155-pound championship belt, as well.”

On Pat Curran pulling out of their fight: “It doesn’t affect me. Why? I’m undefeated. No one can take that from me. No matter what anyone says, I’m undefeated. People have losses on their records. My record is unblemished. It doesn’t matter who I fight. If you feel you have the balls to step up to the line and feel like you have what it takes, then hey, be my guest. I guarantee by the time you’re done doing three (5-minute rounds) with me, you’re never going to want to fight me again.”