Darrion Caldwell

Bellator 259 pre-event facts: Cris Cyborg meets Leslie Smith in rare rematch

Bellator returns from a one-week hiatus on Friday with Bellator 259 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie. Women’s MMA legend and reigning Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (23-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) returns to action in...

Darrion Caldwell back to bantamweight, meets Leandro Higo in rematch at Bellator 259

" Former bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell will return to the weight class next month after a three-fight stint at featherweight. Caldwell (14-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) is set to take on Leandro Higo (20-5 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) in a rematch at Bellator 259. MMA Junkie confirmed the booking with a...

Bellator 253 results: A.J. McKee neck cranks Darrion Caldwell, advances to grand prix finals

nt" In case there was any doubt left at all, A.J. McKee is legit. And you can remove the phrase “prospect” before his name once and for all. McKee (17-0 MMA, 17-0 BMMA) found himself facing both a former Bellator bantamweight champion and an NCAA champion wrestler in Darrion...

Twitter reacts A.J. McKee’s 71-second submission of Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 253

A.J. McKee advances to the finals of the featherweight grand prix on Thursday when he beat Darrion Caldwell in the Bellator 253 main event. McKee (17-0 MMA, 17-0 BMMA) secured a position in the final round of the 16-man tournament with a 71-second submission win over ex-champ Caldwell (15-4...

Darrion Caldwell hopes Bellator 253 finish of A.J. McKee, matchup vs. ‘Pitbull’ are in near future

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Darrion Caldwell has set both long-term and short-term goals. First up, he needs to defeat A.J. McKee at Bellator 253 on Thursday when the two featherweights meet in a grand prix semifinal matchup. Caldwell (14-3 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) doesn’t think McKee (16-0 MMA, 16-0 BMMA), despite...

Twitter Mailbag: On the future for Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, and a key fight between Francis Ngannou and 15 bantamweights

Questions on your mind about recent happenings in MMA or the sport in general? MMA Junkie’s Twitter Mailbag is here – and this week it’s @John Morgan to answer your inquiries. We talked about doing a video this week, but that would probably mean I’d have to shave. I’m...

Darrion Caldwell warns A.J. McKee about levels before Bellator 244: ‘It’s a different story’ fighting me

NEW YORK – Darrion Caldwell is primed and ready to face A.J. McKee at Bellator 244, but the former bantamweight champion says he’s not sure McKee is quite as keen as he is for the matchup. McKee (16-0 MMA, 16-0 BMMA) underweight surgery in January to repair knee ligament...

Darrion Caldwell says Bellator champ Patricio Freire avoided grand prix clash

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Darrion Caldwell is surprised Bellator champion Patricio Freire didn’t choose to fight him when he had the opportunity. At the Bellator featherweight grand prix selection show September, dual-champion Freire (30-4 MMA, 18-4 BMMA) elected to fight Pedro Carvalho instead of Caldwell (14-3 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) ....

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