Bellator star AJ McKee brought out an incredible neck crank as he continued his unbeaten MMA record

AJ McKee was the talk of the MMA world after Bellator 253 thanks to his incredible neck crank submission win.

The 25-year-old came into this clash undefeated in his MMA career with a record of 16 wins and no losses. However, his submission was the talking point as he somehow pulled out the neck crank despite being flat on his back against Darrion Caldwell.

AJ McKee is undefeated in his MMA career
AJ McKee is undefeated in his MMA career and has 17 wins (Instagram)

Getting a neck crank submission in is difficult on his own but the way McKee adjusted his body to get the move in was amazing.

McKee moved up to 17-0 in his career and even claimed he was the new wave:

McKee has been in Bellator his entire professional career but he also got a lot of credit from some UFC stars.

UFC stars laud McKee

McKee does seem to be the next big thing on Bellator and many UFC stars came out to congratulate him.

One of the first was former UFC Strawweight Women’s Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk:

Former UFC star Eddie Alvarez also brought up the quality in McKee and claimed no one should mess around with the 25-year-old:

UFC Middleweight star Derek Brunson also commented on this submission and claimed McKee was the real deal:

Sean O’Malley is one of the rising stars in the UFC and he too was left in awe of the move from McKee:

However, Suga, took a shot at Bellator too.

McKee moved into the final round of the Bellator Featherweight tournament, and it will be interesting to see how he does.

The 25-year-old has to be the favourite now to win the tournament, and we could see more such submissions in the future too.

More UFC news

Follow our dedicated UFC page for instant UFC news and updates


Taylor Swift


Travis Kelce

Timothée Chalamet

Tom Holland

Novak Djokovic

Michael Jordan

LeBron James

Tom Brady

Lewis Hamilton