McKee’s Involvement In Bellator’s Featherweight Grand Prix In Doubt
One of the favorites to win Bellator’s Featherweight Grand Prix may not be able to make it towards the finish line. According to The Athletic, A.J. McKee suffered a complete tear of his LCL.
The injury occurred following McKee’s (16-0) submission-win over Derek Campos at Bellator 236 in Hawaii this past December. The injury, according to MMA Fighting, occurred during the first 30 seconds of the fight. After falling on his ankle during a spinning heel kick, McKee felt something was wrong right away. It was a quarter-final bout that secured his spot after beating Georgi Karakhanyan in the opening round. The 24-year-olf got the surgery in January, and is hoping to be back soon for a fight.
“The doctor actually told me not to get surgery,” McKee stated to MMA Fighting. “He said if I plan on fighting, don’t get the surgery. The recovery time is four to eight months. The fight is exactly, let’s see, I got the surgery end of January, so February, March, April – it’s cutting it close, you know what I mean, to be fully recovered and whatnot.”
McKee is expected to face former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell. “The Wolf” beat Henry Corrales in his return to Featherweight back in September. He then submitted Adam Borics at Bellator 238 in January.
It is unknown if there is an alternate in place to face Caldwell if McKee is unable to go. Aaron Pico, Tywan Claxton and Leandro Higo are all names that can help Bellator out if a replacement is needed.