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Who won Pitbull vs McKee?
AJ McKee Jr beat Patricio Pitbull by submission in the 1st round, during the main event of Bellator 263, on Saturday 31st July 2021 at The Forum in Inglewood.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
This contest was for the Bellator featherweight championship.
Pitbull vs McKee stats
Patricio Pitbull stepped into the ring with a record of 31 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 11 by submission.
AJ McKee Jr made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 17 wins and 0 draws, with 6 of those by knock out and 6 by submission.
The stats suggested that Pitbull and McKee Jr have similar power, both with a 35% knock out percentage.
Patricio Pitbull was the older man by 8 years, at 34 years old.
McKee Jr had a height advantage of 4 inches over Pitbull. That also extended to a 9-inch reach advantage.
Pitbull was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 18 more fights, and made his debut in 2004, 11 years and 1 month earlier than McKee Jr, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 56 more professional rounds, 89 to McKee Jr's 33.
Pitbull vs McKee form
Pitbull had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Pedro Carvalho at Bellator 252 on 12th November 2020 by knockout in the 1st round in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Juan Archuleta at Bellator 228 on 28th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at The Forum, Inglewood.
Going into that contest, he had beat Michael Chandler at Bellator 221 on 11th May 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their Bellator Lightweight championship fight at Allstate Arena, Rosemont.
Before that, he had defeated Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 209 on 15th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at Menora Mivtachim, Tel Aviv, Israel.
He had won against Daniel Weichel at Bellator 203 on 14th July 2018 by split decision in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at Il Centrale Live Roma, Rome, Italy.
McKee Jr remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 253 on 19th November 2020 by submission in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Derek Campos at Bellator 236 on 21st December 2019 by submission in the 3rd round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
Going into that contest, he had beat Pat Curran at Bellator 221 on 11th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Allstate Arena, Rosemont.
Before that, he had won against Daniel Crawford at Bellator 212 on 14th December 2018 by submission in the 1st round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
He had beat John Teixeira at Bellator 205 on 21st September 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Centurylink Arena, Boise.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, AJ McKee Jr had been fighting more than Patricio Pitbull.
Going to this contest, Patricio Pitbull had last fought 8 months and 22 days ago, while AJ McKee Jr's last outing had been 8 months and 15 days ago.
Pitbull's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.
McKee Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.