Father-son tandem Antonio and A.J. McKee expected to compete at Bellator 228

Antonio McKee and A.J. McKee have already achieved quite a bit in their respective MMA careers. But this September, the father-son tandem of fighters is expected to accomplish a rare feat – together.

In a tweet Thursday, Belllator president Scott Coker confirmed the promotion is angling to have the pair fight on the same card Sept. 28 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., as part of Bellator 228.

The news was first reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Wednesday.

Antonio, 49, has not competed in professional MMA since November 2014. Through his now-20 year career, Antonio (29-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has competed for various top-level promotions, including UFC, WSOF, IFL, MFC, and KOTC. For all of his travels, September’s bout will be his Bellator debut.

His son, A.J. (14-0 MMA, 14-0 BMMA), is currently one of the top fighters in Bellator’s 145-pound division. The 24-year-old contender sits on an impressive 14-0 record, with recent wins over Pat Curran, Daniel Crawford, and John Macapa.

At Bellator 228, A.J. will take on former WSOF champ Georgi Karakhanyan in the first round of the featherweight grand prix. As for Antonio, no opponent has been named at this time.

While a father and son competing on the same card is an unusual scenario, it is not unheard of in MMA. In Nov. 2018, Israeli father-son tandem Haim and Aviv Gozali competed at Bellator 209.

Outside of the promotion, other such tandems of notoriety include Ken and Ryan Shamrock (Cage Rage 25), Frankie and Cody Bollinger (Gladiator Challenge), and Lee and Jordan Mein (Rumble In The Cage).

For more on Bellator 228, check out the MMA schedule.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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