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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 octagon 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 cage 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%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Caldwell had a slight advantage over McKee Jr, with a 40% submission rate over McKee Jr's 31%.
AJ McKee Jr was the younger man by 8 years, at 27 years old.
McKee Jr was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 2 fewer 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 6 less professional rounds, 44 to Caldwell's 50.
Jr. vs Caldwell form
McKee Jr had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Derek Campos at Bellator 236 on 21st December 2019 by in the 3rd round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Pat Curran at Bellator 221 on 11th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Allstate Arena, Rosemont.
Going into that contest, he had beat Daniel Crawford at Bellator 212 on 14th December 2018 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
Before that, he had defeated John Teixeira at Bellator 205 on 21st September 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Centurylink Arena, Boise.
He had won against Justin Lawrence at Bellator 197 on 13th April 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Family Arena, St. Charles.
Caldwell had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Adam Borics at Bellator 238 on 25th January 2020 by submission in the 1st round at The Forum, Inglewood, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 222 on 14th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Bantamweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Kyoji Horiguchi at RIZIN 14 on 31st December 2018 by submission in the 3rd round in their Rizin Bantamweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Before that, he had defeated Noad Lahat at Bellator 204 on 17th August 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, United States.
He had beat Leandro Higo at Bellator 195 on 2nd March 2018 by submission in the 1st round in their Bellator Bantamweight championship fight at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, AJ McKee Jr had been fighting more than Darrion Caldwell.
Going to this contest, AJ McKee Jr had last fought 3 years, 1 month and 11 days ago, while Darrion Caldwell's last outing had been 3 years and 7 days ago.
McKee Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 9 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
Caldwell's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 10 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
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