AJ McKee says he’s the ‘Floyd Mayweather of MMA,’ eyes $100 million by the time he’s 50-0
If there’s one thing Bellator featherweight champion AJ McKee doesn’t lack, it’s confidence. At 18-0 in MMA, it’s kind of hard not to walk and talk with a certain swagger. And when he starches a killer and now former champion like Patricio Freire in under 120 seconds, that confidence only intensifies, and with good reason.
For McKee, the job is not done. If anything, he’s only getting started after earning his first taste of gold in a major promotion. While he doesn’t have his next fight scheduled, he does have big plans for the future. And they all have to do with winning fights and making a lot of money.
“This is a business. This is a vital business not only for me but also for my father and my little brother of 4 years. We are not talking about the second generation, but the third generation of fighters that is coming,” McKee said in an interview with CBS Sports.
“As I have said since day 1: I am the Floyd Mayweather of MMA. Take it or leave it. Be happy with it, argue about it. The proof is in the pudding. I had to go through and look at my file. 18 fights. I have fought 33 rounds and have not lost a round yet. I’m a little excited about that. That’s kind of gangster to me. Those are some spicy stats.”
McKee says that once his contract with Bellator is up, it will be time to sit down at the table with Scott Coker and Co. to discuss the future. The way he sees it, MMA is only getting bigger, just like paydays. That’s why “El Mercenario” envisions himself as a $100 million man when he hits 50-0.
“I am excited to see what the future holds for Bellator. $100 million is my goal. I want to do that 100 [million]. This is a bigger, better and more evolved sport… by the time I’m 50-0 I’ll definitely need 100 [million].”
In addition to winning the 145-pound crown with his knockout victory over Freire, McKee took home a whopping $1 million payday, so he knows a thing or two about cashing big checks.
What’s scary, at least to McKee’s future foes, is that he’s still only 26 and only getting better. As for who he’s likely to face next, a rematch against “Pitbull” could be in order.
If that fails. McKee has already gone on record that he would like nothing more than to become the promotion’s last champion-champion by winning the lightweight belt, which is currently held by Patricio’s brother, Patricky Freire.