Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Jr. vs Caldwell?
AJ McKee Jr beat Darrion Caldwell by submission in the 1st round, during the main event of Bellator 253, on Thursday 19th November 2020 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
Jr. vs Caldwell stats
AJ McKee Jr stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 16 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Darrion Caldwell made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 2 of those wins by knock out and 6 by submission.
The stats suggested McKee Jr had a large advantage in power over Caldwell, boasting at 38% knock out percentage over Caldwell's 13%.
AJ McKee Jr was the younger man by 7 years, at 26 years old.
McKee Jr was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2015, 2 year and 6 months later than Caldwell, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 11 less professional rounds, 33 to Caldwell's 44.
Jr. vs Caldwell form
McKee Jr remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 253 on 19th November 2020 by in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Derek Campos at Bellator 236 on 21st December 2019 by in the 3rd round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
Going into that contest, he had beat Pat Curran at Bellator 221 on 11th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Allstate Arena, Rosemont.
Before that, he had defeated Daniel Crawford at Bellator 212 on 14th December 2018 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
He had won against John Teixeira at Bellator 205 on 21st September 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Centurylink Arena, Boise.
McKee Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
Caldwell's last 2 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 9 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 3 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.5 rounds on average.