A.J. McKee (Bellator MMA)

Bellator 253 Results: McKee Submits Caldwell, Earns First Spot in Tournament Final

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Bellator MMA hosted its 253rd event from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s featherweight tournament continued as former bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell took on undefeated A.J. McKee in the first semifinal. The winner will meet either current champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire or Emmanuel Sanchez in the tournament final.

The co-main event featured former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, who faced Jason Jackson.


The prelims kicked off live above at 4:15 p.m. ET, followed at 7 p.m. ET by the main card on both DAZN and the CBS Sports Network.

A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell by submission (neck crank). Round 1, 1:11 – featherweight grand prix semifinal
Jason Jackson def. Benson Henderson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Joey Davis def. Bobby Lee by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Raufeon Stots def. Keith Lee by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jeremy Kennedy def. Matt Bessette by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Jaleel Willis def. Mark Lemminger by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jay-Jay Wilson def. Sergio DeBari by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:20
Kaheem Murray def. Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Sullivan Cauley def. Jason Markland by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:28