A Mixed Martial Arts fight Saturday at Long Beach Arena featured Long Beach native A.J. McKee, who made his lightweight debut and earned a unanimous decision win over Spike Carlyle.
A.J. McKee’s Bellator MMA career started with 18 consecutive victories before his first loss. Saturday, he’s trying to rebound in front of his hometown crowd.
“There’s too much of a culture of women being quiet,” Sovannahry Em said. “We live in such a society that violence toward women is not so uncommon.”
With a shot at the 2018 Professional Fighters League championship and $1 million top prize, the stakes were high for fighters competing in the PFL9 playoffs at the Long Beach Arena on Saturday.
PFL fighters go through an open workout at Groundwork Fitness as they prepare for the PFL9
With decades as the region’s premiere large-scale entertainment venue and a $7 million “repurposing” nearly ready for its great unveil, the Long Beach Arena will this weekend add yet another chapter to its diverse portfolio of events it can accommodate–MMA fights.
It’s extremely rare that a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with a 1 – 0 record would be on the verge of helping make history in her sport. But such is the case with Ashlee Evans-Smith, who will square off against the first openly transgender pro MMA fighter, Fallon Fox, in the Championship Fighting Alliance tournament title fight on October 12 in Coral Gables, Florida.