Published on October 6th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Bellator MMA Star A.J. McKee On Training For His Next Fight, Music, Monster Energy & More

Bellator is a leading global MMA and kickboxing promotion featuring many of the best athletes in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities around the world and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over 1 billion people. In the States, Bellator events from all over the world can be seen on Showtime — a new TV deal announced last year — and online via Pluto TV and Bellator’s YouTube channel.

A native of Long Beach, California, A.J. “Mercenary” McKee made his professional MMA debut in 2015. He has since been Bellator’s Featherweight Champion beyond winning the Bellator’s Featherweight World Champion Athlete. Recently ranked as Bellator’s #1 Featherweight and #3 Pound-For-Pound Athlete, McKee holds the most conseuctive victories in Bellator history. Within the last week he was victorious at Bellator 286, which took place in the aforementioned Long Beach. However, the next fight for McKee — current record of 19-1 — has not been announced as of today.

On October 6, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with A.J. McKee via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond his future plans related to Bellator, we talked about Monster Energy, music and hobbies outside of MMA. More on McKee and Bellator MMA’s events can be found here, here and here.



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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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