Bellator 253: ‘Caldwell vs. McKee’ Live Results and Highlights

Bellator 253: ‘Caldwell vs. McKee’ Live Results and Highlights
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Bellator remains in Uncasville, Connecticut for Bellator 253. The fight card features one-half of the featherweight grand prix semifinals as Darrion Caldwell takes on A.J. McKee.

Darrion Caldwell (14-3) is riding a two-fight winning streak with both wins coming in the featherweight grand prix. In the opening round of the tournament, he defeated Henry Corrales by decision and then followed that up with a first-round submission win over Adam Borics. Before entering the grand prix, Caldwell lost back-to-back fights to Kyoji Horiguchi for the RIZIN bantamweight title and to lose his Bellator bantamweight title. He defended his bantamweight title once but does hold notable wins over Leandro Higo, Noad Lahat, Joe Warren, and Eduardo Dantas.

A.J. McKee (16-0) is one of the top prospects in all of MMA and all 16 of his pro fights have taken place in Bellator. The 25-year-old is coming off a third-round submission win over Derek Campos and before that had a highlight-reel one-punch eight-second KO over Georgi Karakhanyan. In his career, he also holds wins over the likes of Pat Curran and Daniel Crawford.

Bellator 253 main card also features former UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson moving up in weight to battle Jason Jackson. It is Henderson’s first fight since being knocked out by Michael Chandler. Also, a very intriguing bantamweight bout between Raufeon Stots and Keith Lee got promoted to the main card. On the prelims, UFC veteran, Jeremy Kennedy makes his promotional debut while Baby Slice is also on the card.

Main Card:

  • A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell via submission (neck crank) at 1:11 of Round 1

What a statement! 🔥@ajmckee101 captures career win No. 1️⃣7️⃣ by submitting Darrion Caldwell.

McKee now moves to the #BellatorFWGP finals to face Pitbull/Sanchez. #Bellator253

— Bellator Europe (@Bellator_Europe) November 20, 2020

  • Jason Jackson def. Benson Henderson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Fight number 3. Unanimous decision number 3. Jason Jackson moves to 13-4 with a great win!

— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) November 20, 2020

  • Joey Davis def. Bobby Lee via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)

🧊 @JoeyBlackIce is opening up early in his #Bellator253 bout tonight.

Catch the main card LIVE NOW on @CBSSportsNet in the 🇺🇸 and with @SkySports Mix in the 🇬🇧.#MMA #Bellator

— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) November 20, 2020

  • Raufeon Stots def. Keith Lee via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

[email protected]_Lee135 and @RaufeonStots are gettin’ after it!#Bellator253 is LIVE now on @CBSSportsNet in the 🇺🇸 and @SkySports Mix in the 🇬🇧.#MMA #Bellator

— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) November 20, 2020


  • Jeremy Kennedy def. Matt Bessette via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 x2)
  • Jaleel Willis def. Mark Lemminger via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
  • Jay Jay Wilson def. Sergio DeBari via KO (punches) at 0:20 of Round 1

He is out! 😱@TheMaoriKid1 stops Sergio de Bari with ONE PUNCH!#AndStill undefeated, Wilson is now 7️⃣-0️⃣. #Bellator253 ⤵️

— Bellator Europe (@Bellator_Europe) November 19, 2020

  • Kaheem Murray def. Baby Slice via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
  • Sullivan Cauley def. Jason Markland via KO (punches) at 0:28 of Round 1

[email protected] begins his professional career with a bang at #Bellator253

— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) November 19, 2020