In the most important occasion of Bellator 253, Darrion Caldwell was taking on A.J. McKee in the semifinals of the featherweight grand prix.
Darrion Caldwell (14-3) is driving a two-battle successful streak with each wins coming in the featherweight grand prix. In the opening spherical of the match, he defeated Henry Corrales by selection and then followed that up with a very first-spherical submission earn more than Adam Borics. Prior to coming into the grand prix, Caldwell missing back-to-back again fights to Kyoji Horiguchi for the RIZIN bantamweight title and to eliminate his Bellator bantamweight title. He defended his bantamweight title as soon as but does keep noteworthy wins more than Leandro Higo, Noad Lahat, Joe Warren, and Eduardo Dantas.
A.J. McKee (16-) is one of the prime potential clients in all of MMA and all 16 of his professional fights have taken area in Bellator. The 25-calendar year-outdated is coming off a third-round submission acquire about Derek Campos and prior to that had a highlight-reel a person-punch 8-second KO above Georgi Karakhanyan.
The winner of the fight will go on to meet the winner of Patricio Pitbull vs. Emmanuel Sanchez for the featherweight title and 1 million bucks.
Round a person commences with McKee throwing a kick that misses. Caldwell goes for an early takedown and will get it. McKee has Caldwell in full guard but is landing shots from the base. WOW! A.J. McKee begins to get a neck crank and submits Caldwell off his back again in round 1. What a really impressive performance from McKee who remains undefeated. Lots of viewed this as the 25-12 months-old’s hardest fight of his career and he made it appear simple with a to start with-spherical submission. He stated all 7 days he would end and make Caldwell perform and he did just that.
What a assertion! 🔥@ajmckee101 captures career win No. 1️⃣7️⃣ by submitting Darrion Caldwell.
— Bellator Europe (@Bellator_Europe) November 20, 2020
Formal Final result: A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell via submission (neck crank) at 1:11 of Spherical 1
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