A.J. McKee (Dave Mandel/Combat Press)

Bellator 263 Results: McKee Runs Through Pitbull to Capture Tournament and Title

On Saturday, July 31, Bellator MMA hosted Bellator 263: Pitbull vs. McKee from the Forum in Los Angeles.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s featherweight grand prix came to a conclusion when reigning two-division titleholder Patricio “Pitbull” Freire clashed with the undefeated A.J. McKee Jr. Pitbull had run roughshod through both the 145-pound and 155-pound divisions in recent years and looked to further cement himself among the pound-for-pound elite. McKee is the most accomplished homegrown talent the promotion has ever showcased. His record stood at 17-0 and he aimed to complete his ascension to the top of the division by dethroning the Brazilian champion.

The prelims kicked off live above at 7 p.m. ET, followed at 10 p.m. ET by the main card live on Showtime.


A.J. McKee def. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire by technical submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 1:57 – for featherweight title
Mads Burnell def. Emmanuel Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Usman Nurmagomedov def. Manny Muro by TKO (knee to the body, punches). Round 1, 3:30
Islam Mamedov def. Brent Primus by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Goiti Yamauchi def. Chris Gonzalez by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:53
Vanessa Porto def. Ilara Joanne by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Gadzhi Rabadanov def. Daniel Carey by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:57
Khasan Magomedsharipov def. Jonathan Quiroz by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:21
Joshua Jones def. Johnny Cisneros by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:15
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Kiefer Crosbie by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 4:25
Brian Moore def. Jordan Winski by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)