The addition of A.J. McKee versus Henry Corrales featherweight battle for the Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 will add more excitement to the event featuring Henderson vs. Pitbull in the main event. Also added is the contest between Bubba Jenkins (11-2) and Georgi Karakhanyan (24-6-1).
Bubba Jenkins will be looking forward to avenging his scary loss against Karakhanyan last year in a real tight submission that caused him to fall unconscious with his eyes rolling back, which is a testament to how dangerous chokes can be. The referee was a little too slow to react when he was clearly out.
It’s going to be exciting to see how he will adjust style-wise in the rematch. What makes it more interesting, apart from the thrills following the first match, is that both fighters have been sparring partners back from the NCAA wrestling days.
The more time they have spent training, and now fighting each other, bodes well for the fans knowing that they are comfortable and confident and that a great performance will be in store once they meet again.
Like Karakhanyan’s nickname, expect it to be insane.
Henry Corrales has had a great start in his professional career at 12-0 but has dropped his last three. Despite his three consecutive losses, make no mistake about it, Corrales is a winner and has the courage to fight against tough opposition too.
It will be interesting to see how he can break free and go back to his winning ways again, but it won’t be easy against an opponent who has finished his first four fights in one round.
A.J. Mckee will bring in unorthodox styles, under the guidance of his father, Antonio McKee, who was an MMA fighter too, and will be hard to predict. He has the dynamism of today’s game with the influence of first-generation fighters who used to watch and even train with at the BodyShop Fitness Team in Lakewood, California.
Antonio McKee was a mentor to fighters like Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson, and it’s going to be fun watching a part of that mentoring extend to a young fighter, and a son, nonetheless.