If A.J. McKee wants to be a title contender in the featherweight division, he needs to show it Friday night at Bellator 205.
McKee headlines the card from Boise, Idaho and the CenturyLink Arena live on Paramount Network and DAZN.
The 23-year-old McKee is a perfect 11-0 in his career including recent victories over Justin Lawrence, Brian Moore and Blair Tugman. All 11 of his pro fights have come under the Bellator banner, as well.
He has finished seven of his opponents, with four wins being via knockout.
And if he wants to be a challenger to Patricio “Pitbull” Freire’s reign atop the featherweight ranks, he needs to take out John Macapa.
Freire is set to defend his title against Emmanuel Sanchez next month when Bellator heads to Israel, meaning this appearance and headline bout is the perfect opportunity for McKee to finish Macapa and cement himself as the next contender on the mic.
Macapa, also known as John Teixeira, is no slouch and will be the biggest challenge to date for McKee. He is coming off a split decision defeat to Daniel Weichel and another decision loss to Pat Curran, but was unbeaten from 2012-17.
Bellator 205 Weigh-In Results
Complete Bellator 205 Weigh-in Results:
Featherweight Main Event: A.J. McKee (145) vs. John Macapa (145.5)
Middleweight Co-Main Event: John Salter (185) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (185)
Women’s Flyweight Main Card Bout: Veta Arteaga (125.5) vs. Denise Kielholtz (124)
Lightweight Main Card Bout: Patricky Pitbull (156) vs. Roger Huerta (156)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Stephen Stirewalt (135) vs. Joe Aguirre (134)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Leon Taylor (144) vs. Bryce Edminister (145)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Emilio Trevino (205) vs. Sua Tuani (205)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Kyle Frost (170) vs. David Rangel (171)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Josh Wick (155.5) vs. Johnny Nunez (155)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Adam Borics (146) vs. Josenaldo Silva (147.5)*
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Steve Mowry (240) vs. Ben Moa (243)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jarod Trice (189) vs. Sean Powers (186)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Andrew Cruz (145) vs. Nathan Stolen (144)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Vince Morales (135) vs. Justin Hugo (135.5)