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Is AJ McKee elite?

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  1. RizinSon88 She came to me with a serpent's kiss...

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    Yeah, he is elite if that means top 10 in the world at the weight. I mean he holds one the 4 viable belts in his weight class (with all due respect to KSW, Eagle and Combate).
     
  2. careto Black Belt

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    J. Jackson vs Larkin and Lima vs Daley is the other possibility.
     
  3. NicholasJBasile Hoping to fight some day...

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    I feel he is -- brought up under the tutelage of his old man, Antonio McKee, whom was a very well experienced vet (many people found him boring). He has a wrestling base but prefers to stand and trade -- had a slick submission off his back against Darion Caldwell.
     
  4. Pem123 Red Belt

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    This might be an unpopular opinion, but I Personally think he is the best FW in the world right now.
     
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    He has taken practically no damage and is still young. He can put up a great fight against the best in the world.
     
  6. Pem123 Red Belt

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    He remind me a lot of Jon Jones, Probably just as talented but with more discipline.
     
  7. Hellowhosthat If he dies he dies

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    I dunno about that, Jon was a UFC champion with 7 defences by the age AJ is now. I think with his out of cage antics and recent inactivity/performances we forget just how much of a phenom he used to be.
     
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  8. Go Go Plata Black Belt

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    With the evolution of MMA there may not ever be another young, dominant champion like Jon Jones but AJ McKee is close. If 2022 ends up him beating Pitbull in a rematch, defending the title vs Borics and then winning the LW title, he edges even closer.
     
  9. Hellowhosthat If he dies he dies

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    He's nowhere near Jon realistically in terms of competition. That's not his fault, he hasn't got the opponents but beating Borics and Patricky wouldn't bring him close to Jones.
     
  10. Edwinho Orange Belt Platinum Member

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    Yes, he is. McKee is a beast.
     
  11. Go Go Plata Black Belt

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    I disagree. LHW was a mess of washed up, battered fighters with KO power when Jones won his title. Not discounting his greatness. I think beating Pitbull is a greater achievement than beating Shogun. AJ's competition has been much more well rounded
     
  12. Hellowhosthat If he dies he dies

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    I think it's similar, doing it twice would be good. The problem for him is that Borics and Patricky are nowhere near the best in the world in their prospective divisions. So it kind of becomes a case of Jones beating Shogun twice and then beating Jason Brilz or something.
     
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  13. Go Go Plata Black Belt

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    Fair enough. I do want him to fight Bellator's best and then head to UFC in 1-2 years.
     
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  14. Hellowhosthat If he dies he dies

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    I agree he's probably elite, it's just difficult for him to prove when there's only one other top 15 or so fighter in his weight class and you can't see him defend against different elite fighters with a range of different skillsets.
     
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    I'd argue that Borics, Burnell, Patricio, and Pico all would easily crack top 15 in the UFC, some would even crack top 10... and Patricio is easily top 5.
     
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  16. Hellowhosthat If he dies he dies

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    Maybe long term, other than Patricio and maybe Burnell I don't think any are right now.
     
  17. careto Black Belt

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    Fair point, as a whole the UFC has better prospects at FW than Bellator right now. Pico is the best prospect at FW, IMO, but Yusuf, Evolev, Topuria, and Mitchell are all pretty solid. Again, the UFC just in cheer numbers overwhelm everything else. Jay Jay seemed really promising, too but I dont think he will find success at LW.
     
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  18. Hellowhosthat If he dies he dies

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    Topuria is the one for me, but I do like Pico a lot.
     
  19. tehMoose The slayer of ufc shills

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    I also like Law and Khasan. They have very high ceilings
     
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    I like Law, but I'd like to see him get some stiffer competition. Not decided on Khasan yet.
     

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