A.J. McKee is the real deal.
McKee improved his record to 17-0 and secured himself a spot in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix finals with a first-round submission of Darrion Caldwell on Thursday. The second-generation start looked ultra-smooth on his back, locking up an unusual neck-crank. Take a look below at the Bellator 253 main card highlights, featuring Benson Henderson, Raufeon Stots and more.
A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell by submission via neck-crank (1:11, R1)
McKee made quick work of Caldwell off his back. The former Bellator bantamweight champion got McKee to the ground early in their main event clash, and it was a huge mistake. McKee got a deep wrap on Caldwell's neck and body, applying an atypical neck crank for the first-round submission win.
Jason Jackson def. Ben Henderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jackson is ready for the big time. Jackson out-struck and out-muscled an undersized Henderson for three consecutive rounds.
Fight number 3. Unanimous decision number 3. Jason Jackson moves to 13-4 with a great win! pic.twitter.com/QXF6U9y8oY— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) November 20, 2020
Joey Davis def. Bobby Lee by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Davis dominated Lee in all facets of the game. His performance was decisive enough to earn him not just a unanimous decision win, but even a 10-8 round on one judge's scorecard.
-- @JoeyBlackIce is opening up early in his #Bellator253 bout tonight.— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) November 20, 2020
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Raufeon Stots def. Keith Lee by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lee made a good account of himself, but Stots proved to be levels ahead in an impressive three-round showcase.
-- @RaufeonStots is closing out the final round of our first main card bout with some pretty sweet moves.#Bellator253 continues LIVE on @CBSSportsNet in the ---- and with @SkySports Mix in the ----.#MMA #Bellator pic.twitter.com/c5XVa10vpH— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) November 20, 2020
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