The end result of the almost two-year featherweight event that includes the best BELLATOR athlete and the highest undefeated prospect within the historical past of the promotion is within the books and AJ McKee emerged victorious, notching an emphatic submission win within the opening spherical.
With the win, McKee prolonged his successful streak to 18 fights, and took house not one, however two belts in entrance of a partisan crowd on the world well-known Discussion board in Los Angeles.
#1-AJ McKee (18-0) defeated C-Patricio Pitbull (32-5) through submission (guillotine) at 1:57 of spherical one
AJ McKee following his championship win:
“We’re simply getting began. That is solely the start. When it first began and so they had been deciding on the bracket, I needed the third or fourth decide. However God instructed me that I’m primary so once I picked that first draw, I knew that I used to be primary and now I’m. Mentality is the important thing. It’s important to put the work in and my dad all the time says, exhausting work beats expertise.”
Moreover, BELLATOR Heavyweight World Champion Ryan Bader joined the commentary group tonight. It was introduced earlier this morning that his upcoming bout with Corey Anderson has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 on the Footprint Heart, house of the Phoenix Suns, as a part of the BELLATOR MMA Gentle Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals. Three of the members spoke tonight at BELLATOR 263.
That is my house now (BELLATOR) and I’m going to profit from it. Going towards Nemkov, I see that it will be a giant problem. He doesn’t have any weaknesses. He’s a winner. I do know he hits very exhausting. I’ve to be on my A-game. I can’t be lazy and mess around. I’m not saying I used to be lazy towards Jose Augusto. However now I’ve bought to go towards the champ and I’ll be prepared.
“It was tremendous necessary for me to make an announcement within the opening spherical and I did that. I got here in and did what I mentioned I used to be going to do. I labored my floor and pound and I confirmed my energy to get the win. I used to be in a position to do it towards a man that everybody mentioned is a Russian killer.
“Corey regarded good in that battle however, actually, who was that man? You say he was a darkish horse however he’s a darkish horse as a result of nobody is aware of him. And your floor and pound didn’t present any energy. It was quantity, not energy. Look, I’m a gamer. I‘ve confirmed that many times. I got here right here a two-division champion and I’m nonetheless rolling.”
#8-Mads Burnell (15-3) defeated #2-Emmanuel Sanchez (20-5) through unanimous choice (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Mads Burnell following his dominant win:
“About Emmanuel Sanchez, and this ain’t some post-fight bull the place I discuss up my opponent. He’s one robust dude. This man is straight up gangster. I’m bored with listening to that I’m solely a submission knowledgeable. I can field, too. The plan was with Sanchez to stroll him down. To go to him and use my shoulder roll and when he modified his angle, take his butt down. He’s a canine. You suppose you’ve gotten him after which he will get vitality from someplace, I don’t know the place.
Usman Nurmagomedov (13-0) defeated Manny Muro (12-7) through TKO (punches) at 3:30 of spherical one
Usman Nurmagomedov after remaining undefeated:
“I needed to make assertion on this battle… I needed to point out that I might wrestle, and I might grapple. I can take the battle wherever it goes. That I’m not simply putting. I confirmed that tonight.”
Islam Mamedov (20-1-1) defeated Brent Primus (10-2) through cut up choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Islam Mamedov after his shut choice win:
“Truthfully, I believed I gained all three rounds certainly. I’m not certain why any choose gave my opponent the battle. In my thoughts I used to be considering that if this battle goes to him, it might be loopy, and I wouldn’t perceive why. Nicely, now he should be sad that he’s not on my stage. I heard him saying that and I really feel like I proved I’m higher than him.”
“He was very detrimental about this battle, and I feel he must do one thing to deserve this rematch. To me, he didn’t do a single factor in that battle that confirmed he gained or deserved a rematch. Earlier than this battle, I knew what he was in a position to do. He was attempting to submit me, however he didn’t even come shut. Even when he did, I’ve educated with so many good folks for years and he would’ve needed to rip my hand off to get this victory.”
#5-Goiti Yamauchi (26-5) defeated Chris Gonzalez (6-1) through TKO (punches) at 3:53 of spherical one
Goiti Yamauchi following his victory:
“Coaching camp was dedicated to be prepared for his wrestling background. However the extra I practice for grappling, the fights develop into extra putting. That’s what occurred tonight.”
#10-Vanessa Porto (23-9) defeated Ilara Joanne (9-6) through cut up choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Gadzhi Rabadanov (16-4-2) defeated Daniel Carey (7-5) through KO (punch) at 3:57 of spherical one
Khasan Magomedsharipov (6-0 defeated Jonathan Quiroz (4-4) 4:21 of spherical two TKO (strikes)
Joshua Jones (11-5) defeated Johnny Cisneros (13-8) through TKO (strikes) at 4:15 of spherical two
Georgi Karakhanyan (31-11-1) defeated Kiefer Crosbie (8-3) through submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:25 of spherical one
Brian Moore (14-7) defeated Jordan Winski (11-3) through unanimous choice (30-27, 30-26, 30-26