Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. A.J. McKee Bellator 263 Odds: Champion Favored in Featherweight Grand Prix Final (July 31)
Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images. Pictured: Patricio Freire (left) and A.J. McKee.
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. A.J. McKee Odds
|Over/Under||3.5 (-105 / -125)|
|Time||Saturday, Approx. 11 p.m. ET|
|Odds as of Wednesday and via DraftKings|
The biggest fights in Bellator history have typically included older stars from the UFC who have manufactured bad blood through the media.
Bellator 263 on Saturday night is much different. The Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix will conclude with a final between featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and the undefeated A.J. McKee.
The Grand Prix is something Bellator has done in the past, and there’s one happening with the light heavyweights at the moment too.
But, this is the first time the featherweight division has been involved. It started with 16 fighters, and we’re down to the undisputed top-two in the 145-pound division.
The prize for the winner: $1 million.
Freire is the current Bellator featherweight champion, and the title would switch hands if McKee wins.
Freire is one of Bellator’s biggest stars and holds the promotion’s featherweight (145 pounds) and lightweight (155) titles. The 34-year-old won the lightweight belt back in May 2019 via TKO over recent UFC title challenger Michael Chandler. Pitbull has won seven straight fights, four of which he has finished.
According to Sherdog, Freire is the eighth-ranked featherweight in the world right now.
McKee, meanwhile, is 17-0 in his career with every single fight coming under the Bellator umbrella. He has finished five of his last six fights and won Submission of the Year in 2020 from pretty much any publication that gave out the award thanks to this:
McKee is only 26 years old and is going to be a name to remember in the industry for a long time. He thrives all over the mat and is going to provide a very, very tough test for Freire.
Pitbull has finished three of his last four wins, while McKee’s last three wins haven’t gone the distance either.