Dec 31 2022
Saturday

Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan

Bellator MMA vs. RIZIN
3 rounds contest @ Lightweight
19-1-0

est. walkout:

TBC

broadcast start time:

US - TBC / UK - TBC

13-1-0

The tape

27
Age
33
5' 10" / 178 cm
Height
5' 11" / 180 cm
73.6" / 187 cm
Reach
N/A

Full record

UD 3UD 5SUB 1SUB 1SUB 3
Form
SUB 1SUB 2SUB 1SUB 1KO 1
19
Wins
13
6
By KO
4
32
KO%
31
7
By Sub
9
37
SUB%
69
1
Losses
1
0
Stopped
1
0
Tapped
0
0
Draws
0
2015
Debut
N/A
20
Bouts
14
41
Rounds
16
2 hours, 41 minutes
Fight Time
40 minutes, 35 seconds

Current rankings @ Lightweight

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UFC
-
8
Bellator
-
-
Tapology
-

AJ McKee Jr vs Roberto ‘Satoshi’ de Souza preview

When is McKee Jr. vs Souza?

AJ McKee Jr is set to face the challenge of Roberto ‘Satoshi’ de Souza in the co-main event of Bellator MMA vs. RIZIN, on Saturday 31st December 2022 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.

The fight will take place over 3 rounds in the Lightweight division, which means the weight limit will be 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).

McKee Jr. vs Souza stats

AJ McKee Jr steps into the octagon with a record of 19 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.

Roberto ‘Satoshi’ de Souza will make his way to the cage with a record of 13 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 9 by submission.

The stats suggest McKee Jr has a slight advantage in power over Souza, with a 32% knock out percentage over Souza's 31%.

If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Souza will have a massive advantage over McKee Jr, boosting at 69% submission rate over McKee Jr's 37%.

AJ McKee Jr is the younger man by 6 years, at 27 years old.

Souza has a height advantage of 1 inch over McKee Jr.

McKee Jr is arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 6 more fights, and made his debut in 2015, 7 year and 7 months later than Souza, whose first professional fight was in . He has fought 25 more professional rounds, 41 to Souza's 16.

McKee Jr. vs Souza form

AJ McKee Jr has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight, he won against Spike Carlyle at Bellator 286 on 1st October 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, United States.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 277 on 15th April 2022 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose.

Going into that contest, he had won against Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 263 on 31st July 2021 by unanimous decision in the 1st round in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at The Forum, Inglewood.

Before that, he had beat Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 253 on 19th November 2020 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.

He had defeated Derek Campos at Bellator 236 on 21st December 2019 by unanimous decision in the 3rd round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.

Souza has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.

In his last fight, he won against Johnny Case at RIZIN 35 on 17th April 2022 by submission in the 1st round in their Rizin Lightweight championship fight at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Chofu, Japan.

Previous to that, he had won against Yusuke Yachi at RIZIN 33 on 30th December 2021 by submission in the 2nd round in their Rizin Lightweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena(さいたまスーパーアリーナ), Saitama.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Tofiq Musayev at RIZIN 28 on 6th June 2021 by submission in the 1st round in their Rizin Lightweight championship fight at Tokyo Dome, Bunkyo.

Before that, he had beat Kazuki Tokudome at RIZIN 27 on 21st March 2021 by submission in the 1st round at Nippongaishi Hall(日本ガイシホール), Nagoya.

He had won against Yusuke Yachi at RIZIN 22 on 9th August 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Pia Arena MM, Yokohama.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Roberto ‘Satoshi’ de Souza has been fighting more than AJ McKee Jr.

AJ McKee Jr last fought 1 month and 27 days ago, while Roberto ‘Satoshi’ de Souza's last outing was 7 months and 11 days ago.

McKee Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 7 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.6 rounds on average.

Souza's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 3 months and 19 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 1.2 rounds on average.

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