A.J. McKee Replaces James Gallagher at Bellator 187; ‘Baby Slice’ Draws Next Assignment

By: Brian Knapp
Oct 12, 2017
A.J. McKee has agreed to fill-in for an injured James Gallagher at Bellator 187, where he will meet Brian Moore in a makeshift main event on Nov. 10 at 3Arena in Dublin. Gallagher’s original opponent, Jeremiah Labiano, was moved to Bellator 188 to make room for Moore.

Widely regarded as one of the top featherweight prospects in the sport, McKee last competed at Bellator 182 in August, when he was awarded a three-round unanimous decision over journeyman Blair Tugman. The win moved the Team Bodyshop representative to 9-0 under the Bellator MMA flag, tying him with Ben Askren and Michael Chandler for the longest winning streak in the history of the organization. McKee, 22, trains under his father, former Maximum Fighting Championship titleholder Antonio McKee.

Moore operates out of the same SBG Ireland camp as Gallagher and reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Conor McGregor. The 30-year-old has rattled off three wins across his past four outings. Moore last appeared at Bellator 177 on April 14, when he put away Michal Horejsi with second-round punches at the Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. He has delivered eight of his 10 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Meanwhile, Kevin Ferguson Jr. -- the son of the late “Kimbo Slice” -- will return to the cage opposite Fred Freeman in a catchweight clash at 165 pounds. Ferguson, 25, picked up his first professional win and evened his record at 1-1 at Bellator 179 in May, when he wiped out D.J. Griffin with first-round punches.

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