Watch: AJ McKee advances to Bellator featherweight Grand Prix finals with stunning submission win against Darrion Caldwell - TheMacLife

Watch: AJ McKee advances to Bellator featherweight Grand Prix finals with stunning submission win against Darrion Caldwell

Thursday’s Bellator event produced a strong contender for 2020’s best submission.

By John Balfe - 20 Nov 2020

AJ McKee advanced his professional record to an impressive 17-0 late Thursday with a first-round neck crank submission against fellow Bellator standout Darrion Caldwell to advance to the finals of the promotion’s ongoing featherweight Grand Prix. 

McKee, one of Bellator’s standout homegrown stars, will now fight the winner of the rematch between Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire and Emmanuel Sanchez after having already bested the likes of Derek Campos and Georgi Karakhanyan in the tournament thus far.

The finish, which came one minute and eleven seconds into the first round, is a surefire contender to be considered among 2020’s most impressive submissions, as he forced the tap from aggressive wrestler Caldwell with an expertly-applied neck crank from full guard. Check out the footage below:

McKee, who is the son of former UFC competitor Antonio McKee, has drawn several plaudits for his outstanding submission in the Bellator cage, with several of the sport’s big names hailing the 25-year-old on social media.

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