A.J. McKee will advance just one action closer to the Bellator featherweight title after securing a place in the finals of the promotion’s featherweight grand prix with an remarkable first-round submission of Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 253.
McKee secured prolonged his unbeaten streak to 17 fights and set a former champion on his resume with a neck crank that brought a rapid stoppage to the primary celebration of Thursday’s combat card, which served as a semifinal bout in the $1 million tournament.
Caldwell secured an early takedown and was just commencing to unload with elbows when McKee wrapped his proper arm beneath the ex-bantamweight champ’s left and utilized his very own left arm and a human body triangle to implement strain. Caldwell was too deep in the maintain before the ache overcome him and he tapped at the 1:11 mark of the opening body.
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“I like to set a ton of leverage,” McKee said afterward. “You know me, it is all about the angles. You have the suitable angle, you can make something operate.”
McKee, 25, punches his ticket to the finals a person 7 days soon after Freire innovative to the semifinals with a knockout of Pedro Carvalho. The two-division champ will defend his featherweight belt once more in a semifinal meeting with Emmanuel Sanchez, whom he beforehand defeated by submission.
“That’s the starting of the starting,” McKee claimed of his top rated spot in the tournament. “A childhood dream. I wrote myself a million greenback look at, and I seem forward to cashing it. ‘Pitbull,’ even if you really don’t make it, I’m coming for my 50-pound title. It’s very little particular, it is just small business.”
Jackson controls Henderson for shutout
The key celebration introduced a jolt to the evening’s affairs right after a night of lopsided decision wins. In the co-headliner, former UFC lightweight winner Benson Henderson stumbled once more in the 170-pound welterweight division, getting outmuscled and outpositioned by more substantial Jason Jackson.
Jackson on a number of occasions stung Henderson with weighty kicks and punches, and he caught or absorbed the kicks Henderson has used to rack up details from other competition. Once comfortably in manage, he did minor else to up the depth and cruised to a snug gain by holding dominant positions on the mat and doing ample to continue to keep them.
Davis ragdolls Lee
In a lopsided earn, Joey Davis showed Bobby Lee there are stages to elite wrestling and prolonged his unbeaten streak to 8 fights.
Davis, a three-time NCAA Division II wrestling champ, took Lee down at will and approximately acquired a knockout in the very first round with a series of ideal fingers that terribly surprised his opponent. Lee managed to survive, but not considerably more as his offense was minimal to brief kamakaze costs that commonly ended with a vacation to the mat.
By the 3rd spherical, Davis experienced Lee’s arm trapped behind his back and was pounding absent. Ended up the pictures as well-aimed as the to start with spherical, Lee could have expired correct there. As an alternative, he tried out to converse himself into standing up. That didn’t take place just before the last bell.
Stots outclasses Lee in excess of a few rounds
Raufeon Stots bested Bellator veteran Cass Bell with impressive grappling. But versus Keith Lee, young brother of Kevin Lee, he was dominant at each vary.
Stots consistently held the centre of the cage and outstruck Lee just before nabbing takedowns that experienced him in prime place to pull off a choke. Lee proved adept at working out of hassle, but when ultimate scorecards were being tallied, Stots experienced puled off the clear sweep with unanimous 30-27 scorecards.
In the remaining frame, a small kick visibly damage Lee, and Stots moved in to close with a flurry of punches. The complete eluded him, but the late-spherical takedown was adopted by a knee to the chin at the bell that punctuated his victory. Lee’s finest operate arrived in the 1st with a head kick late in the initial body that Stots ate whole in advance of receiving his opponent’s again on the mat.
Comprehensive Bellator 253 results:
A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell through submission (neck crank) – Spherical 1, 1:11
Jason Jackson def. Benson Henderson by using unanimous selection (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jeremy Kennedy def. Matt Bessette by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)