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When is McKee vs Nurmagomedov?
AJ McKee Jr could potentially face the challenge of Usman Nurmagomedov, in Spring 2024.
The fight would be contested over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which means the weight limit would be 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
McKee vs Nurmagomedov stats
AJ McKee Jr would step into the octagon with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Usman Nurmagomedov would make his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 18 wins and 0 draws, with 8 of those by knock out and 6 by submission.
The stats suggest Nurmagomedov would have an advantage in power over McKee Jr, with a 44% knock out percentage over McKee Jr's 29%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest that McKee Jr and Nurmagomedov would be pretty equal, both with a 33% submission rate.
AJ McKee Jr is the older man by 3 years, at 28 years old.
Nurmagomedov has a height advantage of 1 inch over McKee Jr. Despite this, he has 2-inch reach advantage.
McKee Jr is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 4 more fights, and made his debut in 2015, 1 year and 11 months earlier than Nurmagomedov, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He has fought 14 more professional rounds, 47 to Nurmagomedov's 33.
McKee vs Nurmagomedov form
AJ McKee Jr has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Sidney Outlaw at Bellator 301 on 17th November 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Wintrust Arena, Chicago, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Roberto ‘Satoshi’ de Souza at Bellator MMA vs. RIZIN on 31st December 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Going into that contest, he had 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.
Before 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.
He had beat 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.
Nurmagomedov remains undefeated as a professional.
In his last fight, he defeated Brent Primus at Bellator 300 on 7th October 2023 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Lightweight championship fight at Pechanga Arena, San Diego, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Benson Henderson at Bellator 292 on 10th March 2023 by submission in the 1st round in their Bellator Lightweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose.
Going into that contest, he had won against Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 288 on 18th November 2022 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Lightweight championship fight at Wintrust Arena, Chicago.
Before that, he had defeated Chris Gonzalez at Bellator MMA on 22nd July 2022 by submission in the 1st round at Emerald Queen Casino and Hotel, Tacoma.
He had beat Patrik Pietila at Bellator MMA on 23rd October 2021 by submission in the 1st round at VTB Arena, Moscow, Russia.
In terms of recent activity, Usman Nurmagomedov has been fighting more than AJ McKee Jr.
AJ McKee Jr last fought 16 days ago, while Usman Nurmagomedov's last outing was 1 month and 26 days ago.
McKee Jr's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 4 months and 2 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3 rounds on average.
Nurmagomedov's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 1 month and 10 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What are the odds on McKee vs Nurmagomedov?
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