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3 reasons to watch Bellator 263: Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee

Three reasons to watch this Saturday’s Bellator 263: Patricio Pitbull vs. AJ McKee.

Bellator 263 goes down on Saturday from the Forum in Inglewood, California. It is potentially one of the biggest fights in the history of the Bellator MMA promotion, as Patricio Pitbull defends his Bellator featherweight gold for the eighth times against the undefeated Bellator prodigy AJ McKee.

The event marks the return of Bellator to the Los Angeles Forum since Bellator 238 back in January 2020. It also marks the first event for Bellator not held at the Mohegan Sun since the start of 2021. A capacity crowd will be in attendance to witness the historic fight, and will also be treated to a fight card that is packed with action from top to bottom. Let’s take a look at the top three reasons to watch Bellator 263.

Patricio Pitbull vs AJ McKee is a historic bout for both fighters

Both Pitbull and McKee have a chance at history on Saturday at Bellator 263. For Pitbull, a win will add to the record he already holds for most wins in Bellator (24), and most wins in Bellator title fights (10).

For Mckee, a win would add to the record that he already holds for most consecutive wins in Bellator history (17). To make matters more interesting, the two fighters are currently tied for most stoppage victories in Bellator featherweight history with 12 apiece.

Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Mads Burnell is fireworks waiting to happen

It’s a clash of styles that is sure to bring violence on Saturday when former Bellator featherweight title challenger Emmanuel Sanchez takes on former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Mads Burnell.

Sanchez holds a 12-4 Bellator record with 6 of his last 10 wins coming by way of decision. Meanwhile, Mads Burnell is 7-2 since making his UFC debut back in 2017. Burnell was cut in 2018 after going 1-2 in the promotion. He has since put together a streak of six wins between Cage Warriors and Bellator, with 5 of his last 6 wins coming by way of stoppage.

Sanchez is the No. 2 ranked fighter in the Bellator featherweight division, but is coming off a loss to Patricio Pitbull in the Bellator featherweight Grand Prix semi-finals. Sanchez puts his ranking on the line against the No. 8 ranked Burnell, who could easily jump the queue for a chance at featherweight gold with a win over Sanchez.

It’s high-level mixed martial arts at its finest in the co-main event of Bellator 263.

Dagestan prospect Usman Nurmagomedov makes second Bellator appearance

Usman Nurmagomedov makes his second Bellator appearance on Saturday at Bellator 263. The cousin of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is a monstrous betting favorite against the streaking MMA veteran Manny Muro.

Khabib was in his cousin’s corner when he made his Bellator debut at Bellator 255 in April. The 12-0 Nurmagomedov is yet another prodigy out of Khabib’s family, and with another Dagestan prospect in Khasan Magomedsharipov on the Bellator 263 card, it is expected that Khabib will be in his cousin’s corner once again.

Bellator 263 takes place on July 31, 2021, live from Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Follow along with FanSided who is cageside for all your live news and highlights.