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Bellator 301 Betting Preview: AJ McKee Jr vs. Sidney Outlaw

November 17, 2023


Bellator 301 offers compelling battles to bet on within the main card, which include the lightweight feature bout between sixth-ranked AJ McKee (20-1-0) and fifth-ranked Sidney Outlaw (17-5-0). McKee is the moneyline favorite to win with odds currently set at -250.


  • Location: Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: Friday, November 17, 2023

  • Main Card: 9:00 PM ET

  • Prelims: 5:00 PM ET

  • Coverage: Showtime

AJ McKee Betting Preview

McKee has successfully won his last two fights, both of which were by unanimous decision. His most recent was over Roberto Satoshi de Souza at Rizin 40 in December of last year.

His balanced resume of 20 wins is impressive, boasting six knockouts, seven submissions, and seven decisions. In 10 of his wins, he has had no problems ending the fight in the opening round. He also only has one defeat, which was a decision.

“Mercenary” has spent his entire professional career with Bellator, making him one of the favored fighters here. His only defeat has been by Patricio Pitbull, which was the rematch after McKee defeated him by a first round submission in their first meeting.

McKee has earned several quality rankings across the world. He is the 39th-best lightweight, 67th-best pound for pound, and 91st-best grappler of all time.

Sidney Outlaw Betting Preview

Outlaw is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Islam Mamedov back at Bellator 298 in August earlier this year. This win helped get him back on the right track, after a previous defeat to Tofiq Musayev.

He has established 17 wins that he has accumulated through a knockout, eight submissions, and eight decisions. In four wins, he has finished up the fight in the first round. As for his defeats, three of the five have come by knockout.

“Da Gun” has moved around various fighting leagues over the years. He has gone 0-1 in the World Series of Fighting, 1-0 in Dana White’s Contender Series (no UFC contract), and is currently 5-2 under Bellator.

Outlaw is currently ranked as the 66th-best lightweight fighter in the world. This is an excellent opportunity for him to prove he is worth being in the top-five Bellator rankings.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie showcases their odds for this fight, which offers AJ McKee as a moderate favorite. Bettors should consider adding McKee to a parlay with other fights throughout the night if they pick him to win to potentially increase his value. In addition, you could look into other prop bets when they become available.


  • Sidney Outlaw: +190

  • AJ McKee: -250

Outlaw has quality wins on his resume, but nothing in comparison to McKee’s performances. Look for McKee to finish this one potentially early and consider a parlay or prop bet that offers more appealing odds.

Spooky Express Pick: AJ McKee to Win on Parlay or Prop