A.J. McKee vs. John Teixeira is the new main event for September’s Bellator 205 event. After former champ Pat Curran was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury, Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) will now fight McKee (11-0 MMA, 11-0 BMMA) on the card. MMAjunkie verified the new headliner with a person close to the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the information has not been released to the public.
Bellator 205 takes place Sept. 21 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, and airs on Paramount following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
McKee, 23, is currently riding the longest winning streak in Bellator history. He’s won 11 consecutive fights under the organization’s banner against increasingly difficult competition. “The Mercenary” is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Justin Lawrence at Bellator 197 in April and was set for his toughest test to date against Curran, who has held Bellator’s 145-pound title on two separate occasions.
Instead he will get Teixeira, 31, who will attempt to buck his two-fight losing skid, which has come against Curran and Daniel Weichel. Prior to his skid, the Brazilian was on a 10-fight winning streak, including four in a row to begin his Bellator tenure.
The latest Bellator 205 card now includes:
Main card (9 p.m. ET, Paramount)
A.J. McKee vs. John Teixeira
Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. John Salter
Patricky Freire vs. Roger Huerta
Veta Arteaga vs. Denise Kielholtz
Preliminary card (7 p.m. ET, MMAjunkie)
Andrew Cruz vs. Nathan Stolen
Kyle Frost vs. David Rangel
Joe Aguirre vs. Stephen Stirewalt
Justin Hugo vs. Vince Morales