Featherweight standout A.J. McKee picked up a quick submission victory over Darrion Caldwell in the main event of Bellator 253.
McKee improved to 17-0 in mixed marital arts and advanced to the final of Bellator’s ongoing Featherweight Grand Prix where he’ll fight the winner of Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Emmanuel Sanchez.
The 25-year-old son of former MFC champion and one-time UFC competitor Anthonio McKee knocked out Georgi Karakhanyan in September in the opening round of the Grand Prix then submitted Derek Campos with an armbar in the quarterfinals.
McKee set up a nifty neck crank on Caldwell from off his back in order to tap the former Bellator 135-pound champion who recently moved up to the 145-pound division.
Also on the card, top prospects Jay-Jay Wilson and Joey Davis remained undefeated with a pair of dominant wins, Canadian Jeremy Kennedy was successful in his organizational debut, and Jason Jackson continued his hot streak with a win over former UFC champion Benson Henderson.
Here are the complete Bellator 253 results…
— A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell by submission (neck crank)
— Jason Jackson def. Benson Henderson by unanimous decision
— Joey Davis def. Bobby Lee by unanimous decision
— Raufeon Stots def. Keith Lee by unanimous decision
— Jeremy Kennedy def. Matt Bessette by unanimous decision
— Jaleel Willis def. Mark Lemminger by unanimous decision
— Jay-Jay Wilson def. Sergio de Bari by knockout
— Kaheem Murray def. Baby Slice by unanimous decision
— Sullivan Cauley def. Jason Markland by technical knockout