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Darrion Caldwell Bellator 253 Pre-Fight Conference

The Bellator featherweight grand prix continues on Thursday with Bellator 253, which takes place a Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The semifinal round of the 16-man tournament goes down in the main event as Darrion Caldwell (15-3 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) vs. A.J. McKee (16-0 MMA, 16-0 BMMA) in the main event this matchup will determine who enters the finals for the shot at $1 million and the Bellator featherweight championship.

Darrion Caldwell met MyMMANews and the media in attendance to answer questions about his upcoming fight, watch above.

Darrion Caldwell is one of the better fighters in recent years for the promotion. The winner gets a shot at the featherweight championship and a chance to reign supreme in the division. That only happens if they can get past the undefeated A.J McKee. Caldwell though has only lost to two men in his whole career, and one of them was Horiguchi, a contender for the pound-for-pound best in the bantamweight heirarchy.

Caldwell, a former Bellator bantamweight champion, successfully returned to 145 pounds with a unanimous decision win over Henry Corrales at Bellator 228. He entered the featherweight Grand Prix following back-to-back 135-pound title fight losses to Kyoji Horiguchi, but is 3-0 competing at 145 pounds inside the Bellator cage.

Bellator 253: Caldwell vs. McKee fight card

Main Card

  • Darrion Caldwell vs. A.J. McKee
  • Benson Henderson vs. Jason Jackson
  • Joey Davis vs. Bobby Lee
  • Keith Lee vs. Raufeon Stots

Preliminary card

  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Matt Bessette
  • Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Kaheem Murray
  • Gaston Bolanos vs. Johnny Soto
  • Jaleel Willis vs. Mark Lemminger
  • Jay Jay Wilson vs. Sergio de Bari
  • Sullivan Cauley vs. Mark Glover

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