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McKee jumped up to 164.8 pounds this past Friday at Bellator 277 after tipping the scales below the featherweight limit at 144.4 pounds, according to a fight night weight report MMA Fighting obtained from the California State Athletic Commission. His opponent, Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitull, gained 14.6 pounds over the same time frame, vaulting up to 159.2 pounds on fight night after initially weighing in at 144.6 pounds.
Pitbull defeated McKee via unanimous decision to reclaim his belt in the night’s main event. Afterward, McKee spoke openly about his desire to move up to 155 pounds.
Light heavyweight co-headliners Corey Anderson and Vadim Nemkov also registered gains of more than 20 pounds, with Anderson jumping from 205 pounds to 227 pounds, and Bellator champion Nemkov jumping from 204.4 pounds to 226 pounds.
Their title bout ended in a no contest after an accidental third-round head butt opened a wide cut on Nemkov that forced an end to the action.
A compete list of Bellator 277’s fight night weights can be read below.
Patricio Freire: 144.6 to 159.2 pounds
A.J. McKee: 144.4 to 164.8 pounds
Corey Anderson: 205 to 227 pounds
Vadim Nemkov: 204.4 to 226 pounds
Aaron Pico: 149.4 to 167.4 pounds
Adli Edwards: 149.6 to 156 pounds
Linton Vassell: 239.6 to 243.2 pounds
Timothy Johnson: 260 to 270 pounds
Tyson Miller: 170.4 to 191.2 pounds
Rhalan Gracie: 170 to 184.4 pounds
Tyrell Fortune: 258 to 258.6 pounds
Rakim Cleveland: 238.6 to 241 pounds
Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov: 205.4 to 218 pounds
Rafael Carvalho: 206 to 220 pounds
Bobby Seronio III: 135.8 to 147.6 pounds
Calob Ramirez: 135.7 to 150.2 pounds
Gaston Bolanos: 144.4 to 154.6 pounds
Daniel Carey: 144.8 to 165 pounds
Kyle Crutchmer: 170.5 to 183.4 pounds
Michael Lombardo: 170.3 to 180.4 pounds
Edwin De Los Santos: 124.8 to 137 pounds
Alberto Mendez: 124.5 to 136 pounds
Rogelio Luna: 145 to 166.2 pounds
Socrates Hernandez: 145.4 to 158.1 pounds
Laird Anderson: 145 to 157 pounds
JT Donaldson: 144.6 to 155.2 pounds
Theo Haig: 201.5 to 211.2 pounds
Alan Benson: 203.4 to 212.8 pounds