Bellator 187 post-event facts: A.J. McKee sets record with 10th consecutive Bellator win

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Bellator 187’s main event came down to the wire when unbeaten prospect A.J. McKee was forced to dig deep with a submission victory over Brian Moore at Friday’s event.

McKee (10-0 MMA, 10-0 BMMA) earned a third-round submission win over Moore (10-6 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in the Spike-televised featherweight headliner at 3Arena in Dublin, giving him the longest winning streak in Bellator history.

McKee’s victory closed out of a five-fight main card that saw four contests end in a stoppage. For more on the numbers behind the show, check out 20 post-event facts about Bellator 187.

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General

Debuting fighters went 2-4 at the event.

Betting favorites went 5-0 on the main card.

Betting favorites improved to 13-4 (one fight had even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the five-bout main card was 36:44.

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Main card

A.J. McKee

McKee’s 10-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

McKee’s 10-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest streak in company history.

McKee’s 10-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division and longest in divisional history.

McKee’s 10 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are tied with Daniel Straus and Pat Curran for second most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (14).

McKee has earned seven of his 10 career victories by stoppage.

Moore fell to 3-4 in his past seven fights overall dating back to September 2013.

Moore has suffered both of his Bellator losses by submission.

Sinead Kavanagh (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) improved to 1-1 since she moved up to the Bellator women’s featherweight division.

Kavanagh has earned all of her career stoppage victories by knockout.

Maria Casanova (3-6-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has just one victory in her past six fights dating back to November 2016.

Kevin Ferguson Jr.

Kevin Ferguson Jr. (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) earned the first submission victory of his career.

Fred Freeman (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) suffered the first loss of his career.

Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) snapped his two-fight losing skid for his first victory since June 2016.

Ward has earned both of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Paul Redmond (14-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) improved to 4-1 since he was released from the UFC in July 2015.

For complete coverage of Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 187 highlights: Charlie Ward's TKO set off a Conor McGregor fiasco

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Conor McGregor provided the most buzz-worthy moment on Friday at Bellator 187, but the actual sanctioned fighting had some highlights, as well.

While McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion set off a melee earlier on the card, the event, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin and aired via same-day delay on Spike, saw some familiar names in the action.

In the headliner, A.J. McKee (10-0 MMA, 10-0 BMMA) continued his undefeated pro run – and moved to 10-0 while fighting exclusively for Bellator – after putting featherweight Brian Moore (10-6 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) to sleep. McKee endured a nasty cut and a rally from his opponent, but he ultimately got the fight-ending rear naked choke in the third round.

Also on the card, Sinead Kavanagh (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA), who missed weight for the 140-pound catchweight affair, nonetheless made quick work of Maria Casanova (3-6-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) en route to a 34-second TKO win.

Additionally, in a 161-pound catchweight fight, “Baby Slice” – Kevin Ferguson Jr. (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) – submitted Fred Freeman (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in less than two minutes.

And in the main-card opener, middleweight Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) scored a first-round TKO win over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), though his teammate, McGregor, set off this scene (via Twitter):

Check out all of the highlights above.

And for more on Bellator 187, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 187

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 187 event in Dublin, went with as their backing tracks.

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A.J. McKee def. Brian Moore via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:14

A.J. McKee: “A.J. McKee” by Lil’ Hef

Brian Moore: “L’Estasi Dell’oro (Bandini Remix)” by Ennio Morricone

Sinead Kavanagh def. Maria Casanova via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:34

Sinead Kavanagh: “Feel The Love” by Rudimental feat. John Newman

Maria Casanova: N/A

Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Fred Freeman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:57

Kevin Ferguson Jr.: “Bareknuckle Hits” by DJ EFN

Fred Freeman: “Dream On” by Aerosmith

Charlie Ward def. John Redmond via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:59

Charlie Ward: N/A

John Redmond: “The Last of the Mohicans Theme” by Dougie Maclean & Trevor Jones

Paul Redmond def. Sergio de Jesus Santos via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Paul Redmond: “The Harder They Come” by Jimmy Cliff

Sergio de Jesus Santos: “We Will Rock You” by Queen

For complete coverage of Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 187 results: McKee stays unbeaten, but McGregor's behavior steals spotlight

Featherweight prospect A.J. McKee kept his perfect career record intact in the main event of Bellator 187, but it was UFC superstar Conor McGregor who stole the spotlight with a nasty incident of Friday’s event.

McKee (10-0 MMA, 10-0 BMMA) scored a third-round technical submission win over Brian Moore (10-6 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in the headlining bout of the card, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin and aired in the U.S. on Spike via tape delay.

However, McKee’s victory was overshadowed by an ugly Conor McGregor episode that followed an earlier win by his SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who earned a first-round TKO win over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a featured main-card contest. McGregor, who was not serving as a licensed cornerman at the event, scaled the cage to celebrate with his teammate and then shoved Marc Goddard when the veteran referee tried to have the UFC lightweight champion removed from the cage while Redmond received medical attention.

Additional footage later showed that McGregor took a swipe at a Bellator employee who had tried to get “Notorious” down from the top of the cage.

MMAjunkie reached out to UFC officials for comment but have yet to hear back. Meanwhile, Bellator brass simply stated they intend to look further into the matter.

The card was regulated by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, and director Mike Mazzulli suggested to MMAjunkie that further actions could be coming.

“Mr. McGregor is not bigger than the sport of MMA,” Mazzulli stated to MMAjunkie’s Steve Marrocco via text.

In the night’s co-feature, Sinead Kavanagh (5-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) made quick work of an outmatched Maria Casanova (3-6-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), scoring a TKO win in just 34 seconds.

The two engaged quickly in the center to start the fight, but the first real flurry from Kavanagh sent her opponent to the floor. Kavanagh quickly jumped into mount and rained down punches, earning the lighting-quick stoppage.

In additional action, Kevin Ferguson Jr. (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), the man best known as “Baby Slice,” picked up his second consecutive win, submitting Fred Freeman (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) via rear-naked choke under two minutes.

The catchweight bout started with a few exchanges on the feet, but Ferguson Jr. quickly flashed his developing skillset by locking the body and taking the action to the floor, where he enjoyed top position until eyeing the opportunity to lock in the fight-ending submission at the 1:57 mark of the opening frame.

Bellator 187 results include:

MAIN CARD

  • A.J. McKee def. Brian Moore via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:14
  • Maria Casanova def. Sinead Kavanagh via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:34
  • Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Fred Freeman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:57
  • Charlie Ward def. John Redmond via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4:59
  • Paul Redmond def. Sergio de Jesus Santos via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Alex Lohore def. Richard Kiely via submission (kneebar) – Round 1, 4:25 to defend BAMMA welterweight title
  • Daniel Barez def. Andy Young via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28) to claim BAMMA flyweight title
  • Dominique Wooding def. Blaine O’Driscoll via knockout (punch) – Round 3, 1:47
  • Dylan Tuke def. David Khalsa via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:09
  • Ion Pascu def. Omar Jesus Santana via split decision (27-28, 28-27, 28-26) – Round 3, 5:00

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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5 reasons to watch Bellator 187, with A.J. McKee, 'Baby Slice,' Sinead Kavanagh and more

Bellator heads to Dublin for Friday’s Bellator 187 event. The card lost its originally scheduled main event when rising Irish featherweight James Gallagher suffered a knee injury in October, but enough local fighters remain on the card to give the Irish crowd something to cheer about, including main event combatant Brian Moore.

Moore landed in the top spot when Gallagher, his teammate at SBG Ireland, was removed from the fight. Moore faces another rising star in the featherweight division in the headlining bout: A.J. McKee.

McKee and Gallagher have been in a war of words for quite a while. Even though Gallagher is no longer on the card, that hasn’t stopped McKee from taking shots at his nemesis in the lead up to the event.

“We should be fighting,” McKee told MMAjunkie. “It just keeps confirming that he’s scared. He’s little princess Gallagher. It’s a shame, but you can’t send a 19-year-old boy to do a man’s job. So that’s why they replaced him with Brian Moore.”

In the co-main event, Kevin Ferguson Jr., the son of the late Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, faces Fred Freeman.

Bellator 187 takes place at 3Arena and airs via tape delay on Spike.

1. Championship goals

A.J. McKee

A few weeks after he turned 22, McKee laid out the blueprint for his MMA career.

“I plan on being the youngest champ ever,” McKee told MMAjunkie. “Jon Jones was 23 when he did it, so I’ve got a full year to beat that coming from April. (I also want to keep) being undefeated, keep that 0 and be the (Floyd) Mayweather of MMA. Just keep breaking records.”

While McKee has been impressive since turning pro with Bellator in 2015, the promotion has kept him away from the top fighters in the featherweight division. Names such as Daniel Weichel, Georgi Karakhanyan, Emmanuel Sanchez, Pat Curran and Daniel Straus don’t appear anywhere on his record. That makes McKee’s plan to capture gold in the next five months seem a tad too ambitious.

That’s not to say 22-year-old McKee hasn’t had a good run with the promotion; he has. His nine-fight winning streak is tied for longest in Bellator history with former welterweight champion Ben Askren. McKee has six finishes in those nine fights.

McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) faces Moore (10-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), an SBG Ireland teammate of Gallagher’s, in this headlining bout. If the 30-year-old Moore manages to end the winning streak of his teammate’s nemesis, things might get a little crazy inside the arena.

2. Looking for progress

Kevin Ferguson Jr.

At Bellator 187, Ferguson fights in his third pro bout. In his debut he relied mostly on takedowns and striking, but his inexperience showed when he failed to lock in an anaconda choke and was easily reversed and quickly submitted via Aaron Hamilton’s second-round guillotine.

In his second fight with the promotion, Ferguson used power punches to put Darryal Griffin to the mat. Once on the ground, he used elbows and hammerfists to end the fight by TKO at the 3:40 mark of the first round.

Ferguson is still a very raw talent. He eschews jabs in favor of power strikes such as uppercuts and big overhands. He also tends to leave openings for submissions on the ground, but that’s not too much of a surprise considering his lack of experience in the cage.

Ferguson (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) has had nearly six months of gym work to ready himself for this 165-pound catchweight fight against Fred Freeman (1-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). With that prep time, there’s the expectation that we’ll see a more polished fighter when he steps into the cage in Dublin.

Freeman is 1-0 as a pro, but he has an extensive amateur background.

3. Getting back in the win column

Sinead Kavanagh

Sinead Kavanagh has hit a rough patch. After opening her career with a four-fight winning streak, the SBG Ireland fighter has lost her two most recent bouts.

Kavanagh got her start as a boxer before transitioning to MMA. That’s very evident from her “KO” nickname, as well as her striking heavy style.

In the first loss of her career, a decision defeat to Iony Razafiarison, Kavanagh’s lack of takedown defense was evident. The Irish fighter also showed a subpar game off of her back in that loss. She’s much more comfortable and confident in a fight if her opponent will stand and trade bungalows in the center of the cage.

Kavanagh’s (4-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) strengths and weaknesses are something her opponent, Maria Casanova (2-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), is undoubtedly aware of. If Casanova, who has two submission wins on her record, can get the fight to the ground, she has a much better chance of walking away from her Bellator featherweight debut with a victory.

Like Kavanagh, Casanova has losses in her two most recent bouts.

4. A big opportunity at home

Paul Redmond

Well-traveled veteran Paul Redmond makes his Bellator debut in his hometown of Dublin. The 31-year old has fought for 10 different promotions, including the UFC, Cage Warriors and BAMMA since he made his pro debut in April 2010.

This lightweight bout marks Redmond’s fifth consecutive fight in Ireland. He is 3-1 in his four most recent contests. His only loss during that run was a February split-decision defeat to Norman Parke. Had Redmond won that bout, he would have captured the BAMMA lightweight champion. Parke came in heavy for the fight, making him ineligible for the title.

Once primarily known for his ground game, Redmond has made a concerted effort to shore up his striking.

Redmond was originally booked to fight at Bellator 169 against former featherweight title contender Weichel. An injury knocked him from that card.

Redmond’s (13-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) opponent at Bellator 187, Sergio de Jesus Santos (4-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) doesn’t have the name recognition of Weichel, but this could be a good showcase fight for Redmond. For Santos, who has lost his two most recent bouts, this fight is an opportunity to get a win over a recognizable name.

5. A fresh start

Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward’s two-run stint in the UFC was brief. In those fights, he spent a little more than three minutes inside the octagon. Abdul Razak Alhassan knocked him out in 53 seconds in his first bout with the promotion. Ward’s second fight, a highlight-reel slam knockout loss to Galore Bofando, lasted a little more than two minutes. The SBG Ireland fighter, who was on a three-fight winning streak before his two recent losses, makes his Bellator debut in Dublin, and you can bet he hopes he has more success than he did with the UFC.

Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is a brawler. He loves nothing more than getting into a firefight and slinging wild bombs. If he can implement his style against John Redmond (7-12 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), he should have a crowd-pleasing bout.

Redmond also makes his Bellator debut at Bellator 187. As his 7-12 record indicates, he’s had a rough go as a professional fighter. He has a 2-5 record since 2014. His two victories have come by way of knockout.

This middleweight matchup might not be pretty, but it could be entertaining, and sometimes that’s enough.

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 187 pre-event facts: A.J. McKee on cusp of Bellator's longest winning streak

Bellator’s busy schedule to close out the year continues Friday with Bellator 187, which takes place at 3Arena in Dublin, with a main card that airs on Spike via tape-delay.

After a bevy of changes to the lineup, a featherweight contest headlines the event. Undefeated A.J. McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) goes for history when he takes on Ireland’s own Brian Moore (10-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in a matchup that could prove to be the toughest test for the 22-year-old “Mercenary” so far in his young career.

For more on the numbers behind Friday’s Bellator 187 fight card, check out 15 pre-event facts.

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Main event

A.J. McKee

McKee, 22, is the youngest of the eight scheduled main-card fighters.

McKee competes in his first Bellator main event.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak is tied with Ben Askren for the longest streak in company history.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division and longest in divisional history.

McKee’s nine victories in Bellator featherweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (14), Daniel Straus (10) and Pat Curran (10).

McKee has earned six of his nine career victories by stoppage.

Moore is 3-3 in his past six fights overall dating back to September 2013.

Moore has earned eight of his 10 career victories by stoppage. His long Bellator victory came by second-round knockout.

Remaining main card

Kevin Ferguson Jr.

Kevin Ferguson Jr. (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), or “Baby Slice,” is the son of the late Kimbo Slice, ho fought in Bellator, UFC and EliteXC.

Ferguson competes at a 165-pound catchweight for the third time in three pro bouts.

Sinead Kavanagh (4-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) enters the event with back-to-back losses after starting her career on a four-fight winning streak.

Kavanagh was unsuccessful in her Bellator women’s featherweight debut at Bellator 182 in August.

Maria Casanova (3-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes her Bellator debut with just one victory in her past five fights dating back to November 2016.

Paul Redmond

Paul Redmond (13-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 31, is the oldest of the eight scheduled main card fighters.

Redmond is 3-1 since his release from the UFC roster in July 2015.

Redmond has earned four of his five career submission victories via toe-hold.

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator's A.J. McKee doesn't feel sorry for injured James Gallagher, calls for 'Pitbull'-Weichel winner

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A.J. McKee is not rattled by the fact he’s in hostile territory for his first Bellator main event at Bellator 187.

McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) meets Brian Moore (10-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) on Friday at 3Arena in Dublin in the Spike-televised headliner, which will air via tape-delay. The unbeaten prospect has been feuding with Ireland’s James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) for more than a year, and now he’s standing in his back yard.

Gallagher originally was scheduled for the main event spot at Bellator 187, but a knee injury that required surgery forced him off the card. McKee overtook top position after a shuffle to the lineup, and although “The Mercenary” believes he should’ve been fighting Gallagher all along, he said other parties wouldn’t oblige.

“Gallagher was main event, I was co-main, and I’m supposed to be the (expletive), yet, I’m coming to your hometown, and I’m fighting in your backyard when you’ve been calling me out?” McKee told MMAjunkie. “We should be fighting. It just keeps confirming that he’s scared. He’s little princess Gallagher. It’s a shame, but you can’t send a 19-year-old boy to do a man’s job. So that’s why they replaced him with Brian Moore.”

McKee said he doesn’t have sympathy for the fact that Gallagher can’t fight at home, either. The unbeaten 19-year-old underwent knee surgery on Oct. 19 and is expected to be out roughly two months before he can return to training. It’s a tough situation for a young fighter with massive upside, but McKee didn’t hesitate to pour it on.

“(Expletive) him,” McKee said. “I’ll kick him in his kneecap and send him into surgery again.”

With the matchup against Gallagher off the table for the time being, McKee said his focus is on bigger things in the 145-pound division. At 22, McKee already has amassed a nine-fight winning streak, all under the Bellator banner. A victory on Friday would give him the longest winning streak in Bellator history, and McKee said it’s time for something to change.

Although he’s in a headlining spot against a veteran opponent, McKee said he wants more. He claims to be prepared for championship-level competition, and while he understands Bellator’s process in trying to slowly build him up to that level, McKee said he’s tired of waiting.

“I thought (I’d get better competition) when I started getting bored and didn’t want to fight anymore,” McKee said. “It’s overdue. 10-0, seven finishes after this fight. They talk about who have I fought? Give me somebody to fight in the top three or top five. It doesn’t matter. (Bellator featherweight champ Patricio) ‘Pitbull’ (Freire) and (Daniel) Weichel fight next week (at Bellator 188). After that, throw me in there. The 145 division, it’s starting to move right now and get very active. I’m ready to go in there and whoop whoever has that belt. Hopefully it’s ‘Pitbull,’ because I like fighting small guys.”

For now, though, McKee said he’s focused on the task at hand. Suffering a setback just when he feels on the cusp of breaking through would be an unacceptable setback for McKee, so he’s taking Moore as seriously as if he were fighting the champion.

However, given the style matchup, McKee believes he’s in for another dominant night. He wants to put Moore away in spectacular fashion, and he hopes Gallagher, Freire, Weichel, and anyone else relevant in the featherweight division is watching closely.

“I love the matchup. I’m ready to drop some bombs,” McKee said. “He’s tiny. He’s a small guy. I got a half-a-foot reach on him. He’s got to deal with the cardio. He’s got to deal with the power. It’s going to be a fun fight for me. He’s got to get inside and get to me. That’s been everyone’s challenge and so far no one’s been able to do it.”

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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James Gallagher injury prompts Bellator 187 reshuffle, including A.J. McKee to main event

Irish featherweight James Gallagher is injured, and his rival, A.J. McKee, is stepping into the spotlight.

Gallagher (10-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) recently suffered a knee injury and has been forced to withdraw from Bellator 187, prompting the promotion to elevate McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) to the headliner of the Nov. 10 event at 3Arena in Dublin, where he’ll meet Brian Moore (10-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

A Bellator official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Gallagher subsequently made an announcement on Instagram.

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Absolutely heart broken to have to pull out from my fight Nov 10th due to a knee injury. I’ve tore the LCL and PCL. I’m going to let it heal up and recover 100% and I’ll be back stronger than ever! Hopefully we can get the “jimmy show” back in the new year!

McKee, initially targeted against Jeremy Petley (11-8-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), now faces SBG Ireland product Moore, whose original opponent, Andre Goncalves, will now face Irishman Decky Dalton on the same card.

Gallagher’s originally scheduled opponent, Jeremiah Labiano (11-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), will now be rebooked for Bellator 188 on Nov. 16 in Tel Aviv.

The unfortunate injury delays Gallagher’s return to home soil after a first-round submission of Kirill Medvedovsky in his third appearance for the Viacom-owned promotion in February. So far, the undefeated 20-year-old is 4-0 with the promotion.

Gallagher has circled McKee, another undefeated prospect in Bellator’s featherweight ranks. But despite a heap of trash talk between the two up-and-comers, the promotion has yet to book them. McKee has said he’ll only wait so long for the fight to happen.

Gallagher’s knee injury, of course, delays any showdown. McKee hopes to improve to 10 straight wins.

Bellator 187’s main card airs via tape delay on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

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Undefeated A.J. McKee set to fight Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187 in Ireland

Undefeated Bellator featherweight A.J. McKee was hoping to finally fight rival James Gallagher in his next fight. That won’t happen, but they’ll be in the same building.

McKee has been booked to face Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187, promotion officials today told MMAjunkie. The fight is set for the main card of Bellator 187, which takes place Nov. 10 at 3Arena in Dublin Ireland and airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The event is headlined by the Irish Gallagher, a teammate of UFC champion Conor McGregor, taking on Jeremiah Labiano in his native country.

McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Blair Tugman at last month’s Bellator 182. The 22-year-old McKee, one of Bellator’s fast rising stars, owns the longest winning streak in company history at nine. He and the undefeated Gallagher have beefed in recent months. They appear to be on a collision course for a showdown, though it will have to wait for another day.

In Petley (11-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), McKee faces a fighter who snapped a four-fight losing streak in his previous bout, when he defeated Chase Morton by decision in May in his Bellator debut.

With the addition, the Bellator 187 lineup now includes:

  • James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano
  • John Redmond vs. Charlie Ward
  • Andre Goncalvez vs. Brian Moore
  • A.J. McKee vs. Jeremy Petley

For more on Bellator 187, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 182 post-event facts: Unbeaten A.J. McKee makes history

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Former Bellator champion Andrey Koreshkov made a triumphant return to competition on Friday when he defeated Chidi Njokuani in Bellator 181’s headliner at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Koreshkov (20-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) stepped back in the cage after losing the Bellator welterweight title in his previous bout when he earned a first-round TKO of Njokuani (17-5 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) in the Spike-televised contest. Prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

For all the numbers to come out of Bellator’s latest event, check below for 20 post-event facts.

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General

Betting favorites went 2-1 on the main card. One fight had even odds.

Betting favorites improved to 9-3 (with one at even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 45:10.

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Main card

Koreshkov’s 11 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with champion Douglas Lima for most in divisional history.

Koreshkov has earned 14 of his 20 career victories by stoppage.

Koreshkov has earned all of his Bellator stoppage victories by knockout.

Koreshkov’s six stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Michael Page for second most in divisional history behind Lima (seven).

Njokuani had his nine-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since March 2013.

Njokuani has suffered all of his career losses by stoppage.

Njokuani suffered his first knockout loss since Aug. 20, 2011 – a span of 2,197 days and 15 fights.

Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) fell to 4-3 since he dropped to the Bellator welterweight division in February 2015.

Ward has suffered all of his career losses by stoppage.

All 15 of Ward’s Bellator fights have ended in a stoppage.

Bruna Ellen (4-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) has earned both of her Bellator victories by decision.

Ellen has earned three of her four career victories by decision.

Veta Arteaga (3-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) has suffered both of her career losses by decision.

A.J. McKee’s (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) nine-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest streak in company history.

McKee’s nine-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Blair Tugman (10-7 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) fell to 2-1 since he moved up to the Bellator featherweight division in November 2016.

For complete coverage of Bellator 182, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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