Bellator 254 takes place Thursday, December 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on CBS Sports Network after the prelims right here on MyMMANews.
Grant Neal was originally slated to face Tyree Fortune, but he is out of his preliminary card matchup for undisclosed reasons. Up stepped Jackson to take the fight on short notice.
At Bellator 243 in August, Neal returned to action for the first time since the promotion’s pandemic-induced hiatus. Neal controlled the American Top Team Portland’s Hamza Salim for the majority of three rounds and earned a unanimous decision victory as a result.
A Bellator debut for Jackson (7-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) he has six wins in seven victories. His most recent win came in December 2018 when he finished former UFC and Bellator fighter Melvin Guillard with punches.
#Bellator254 Results: Grant Neal def. Maurice Jackson via submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 2, 3:59
Watch above to see what Grant Neal had to say after improving to 5-0 at Bellator 254 above.
REPORTER: “You had four opponent changes, i think we knew about two of them…. how difficult was a adjustment was that?”
Neal: “Erm i mean, my game doesn’t really change, it was more of a mental adjustment.”
REPORTER: “I know this isn’t your first finish in Bellator but, it is a finish and last time you had a decision, so how nice was it to get the finish in this one?”
Neal: “Its always nice to get a finish, especially getting a finish on stuff you worked on in camp… really spent a lot of time on my jiu jitsu… nice to see it pay off”
Check what else Grant Neal had to say above on the video….
Bellator’s final card of 2020 shapes up like:
Bellator 254: Macfarlane vs. Velasquez Main Card:
CBS Sports Network
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Flyweight World Title Main Event: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-0) vs. Juliana Velasquez (10-0)
Bantamweight Co-Main Event: Magomed Magomedov (16-1) vs. Matheus Mattos (12-1-1)
Heavyweight Bout: Linton Vassell (19-8, 1 NC) vs. Ronny Markes (19-7)
Middleweight Bout: Romero Cotton (4-0) vs. Justin Sumter (7-3)
CBSSports.com | Bellator MMA’s YouTube Channel
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Welterweight Bout: Robson Gracie Jr. (3-0) vs. Billy Goff (2-2)
Featherweight Bout: Cody Law (1-0) vs. Kenny Champion (2-0)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Grant Neal (4-0) vs. Maurice Jackson (7-2)
Welterweight Bout: Shamil Nikaev (9-0, 1 NC) vs. Kemran Lachinov (10-2)