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Watch MMA star AJ McKee tell ref his rival Patricio Pitbull is asleep during choke as he wins $1m prize at Bellator 263

AJ MCKEE had to tell the referee his rival Patricio Pitbull was unconscious on his way to winning the Bellator featherweight title.

The first-round submission victory at Bellator 263 netted him a cool $1million – but it only came after huge drama.

McKee had to tell the ref Pitbull was out


McKee had to tell the ref Pitbull was out

The Mercenary locked horns with the former dual-weight champion early this morning in the main event of Bellator 263, which brought the promotion’s 145lb tournament to a close.

And the Californian completed his journey from prospect to bonafide star in just under two minutes as he choked Pitbull unconscious with a standing guillotine moments after rocking him with a picture-perfect head kick.

Referee Mike Beltran, however, didn’t initially see that Pitbull was unconscious, prompting McKee to say: “He’s out.”

Beltran immediately waved off the contest after seeing Pitbull’s arm had gone limp, much to the frustration of the 34-year-old.

McKee, 18-0, was over the moon with his display but couldn’t help lament his premature celebration.

He said: “I said I was going to do it in a stylish fashion and it was done in one.

“When I rocked him, I thought, ‘That’s it’. After the head kick, I hit him with that uppercut and I saw him quit, he didn’t need any more.

“But like the ref says, ‘Don’t stop punching until I tell you to.'”

I said I was going to do it in a stylish fashion and it was done in one.

AJ McKee

In the post-fight press conference, he added: “Honestly, I dreamt the fight.

“I knew I won the fight. I prayed about it and the same night I had a vision.

“So I knew I had a victory but it wasn’t the dream that I had which was peculiar. Now, maybe that’s the 155-pound title that I saw.

“I don’t know. I’m just enjoying this moment, man. I knew it was going to come.”

McKee’s ascension to the top of Bellator‘s featherweight division was nothing short of stunning.

The 26-year-old is open to taking on all comers next and was quick to issue a challenge to his counterparts in the UFC, ONE Championship and the PFL.

He said: “Being at 145 pounds isn’t the easiest.

“Maybe we get some super-fights going but I’m pretty much done with the division at 145 pounds, so hop up to 155 pounds.

“He’s the best 145-pounder – was the best. I’ve pretty much been saying it. Now people are seeing it and believing it.


“I am the best 145-pounder in the world whether it’s UFC, ONE FC, PFL, I don’t care who it is.

“I’ve got $1 million cash in my bank and I’d put it up against anybody else. I’m sure Showtime and Bellator, they’ll match it.

“Let’s do some super-fights. Let’s get some big stuff going. Let’s change this sport, like I’ve been saying. Let’s do it. Let’s unify these belts.”

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