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Bellator 253: A.J. McKee Advances to Finals With Quick, Submission Win

A.J. McKee continued to demonstrate that he's one of Bellator's top fighters tonight, as he quickly submitted former champ, Darrion Caldwell.

A.J. McKee needed less than two minutes tonight at Bellator 253 to extend his perfect record, as he tapped out Darrion Caldwell in the semifinals of Bellator’s featherweight grand prix.

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Round one

McKee missed with a kick early on and Caldwell shot in and took him down. McKee fired a few elbows from below before eating one from above. McKee started working a neck crank from below and Caldwell was forced to tap. Wow.

McKee’s record now stands at 17-0 and he advances to the finals of Bellator’s featherweight grand prix.

The former bantamweight champ Caldwell’s record, meanwhile, fell to 15-4.

Bellator 253 results

Here are the complete results for Bellator 253, which went down in Uncasville, Connecticut.

A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell via submission (neck crank) R1, 1:11
Jason Jackson def. Benson Henderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joey Davis def. Bobby Lee via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Raufeon Stots def. Keith Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jeremy Kennedy def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Jaleel Willis def. Mark Lemminger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jay Jay Wilson def. Sergio DeBari via KO (punches) R1, 0:20
Kaheem Murray def. Kevin Ferguson Jr. via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sullivan Cauley def. Jason Markland via KO (punches) R1, 0:28

 

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