Bellator Featherweight prospect AJ McKee tore his LCL during his last fight. Whether he is able to continue in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix in uncertain.
McKee won against Derek Campos via 3rd-round armbar in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Featherweight tournament. What’s more impressive is that he was able to do so despite suffering a complete tear of his LCL in the first 30-seconds of the bout.
Josh Gross from The Athletic reports that McKee confirmed he suffered a complete tear of his LCL. Now, his continued participation in the Tourmalet is in jeopardy. See what Gross said on Twitter below.
“News here: I just got off the phone with AJ McKee, who confirmed to me he suffered a complete tear of his LCL in the fight with Derek Campos. He had surgery in January and is rehabbing with the hopes of continuing in the Bellator 145 GP, but as if now it is unclear if he can.”
“This was McKee’s left knee and it happened in the first 30 seconds of the fight in Hawaii. If you recall Mckee hobbling around on a cane at the Bellator card in L.A. in January, he had just had surgery. I’ll have more with McKee up soon on @TheAthleticMMA .”
AJ McKee is considered by many to be one of the top prospects at Featherweight in all of MMA. He was seen as one of the favorites to win the Bellator 145lbs tournament. Since the start of his professional MMA career in 2015, McKee has put together a perfect record of 16-0, with all of his fights being under the Bellator banner. AJ McKee is the son of former UFC Lightweight Antonio McKee.
Currently, Bellator MMA have not released a public statement on what they intend to do with McKee. He is scheduled to compete in the semifinals later this year against Darrion Caldwell, but the matchup might be in jeopardy after this unfortunate injury news.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 5th March, 2020.