Headlining the event was initially slated to be a Bellator lightweight championship bout between current champion Patricky Freire and his challenger, no. 1 ranked Sidney Outlaw.
However, Freire was forced out of the bout with a injury, and considering, our main event of the evening comes in the welterweight division between former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima (32-10) and fellow top contender Jason Jackson (15-4).
Co-headlining the event is a lightweight bout between Sidney Outlaw (16-4) and Rizin talent Tofiq Musayev (18-4).
Reverting back to our main event; Lima has lost his last three-straight bouts, the longest losing skid of his entire 40-plus fight career, while Jackson comes into the bout on a five-fight winning streak.
Continue reading to see how this welterweight main event went down:
Official Result: Jason Jackson def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Jackson takes the center immediately once the fight begins, and he’s looking very sharp defensively early on.
The one thing Lima’s able to capitalize on early is his trademark leg kicks, and he sinks a number of them into the leg of the pursuing Jackson, who then shoots in on, and secures a double leg takedown.
Lima spends the remaining three minutes of the opening round on his back with Jackson in his guard.
Lima opens up the second with leg kicks as well, before he’s takedown back down again.
After spending most of the round on his back, he connects with a vicious upkick that badly stunned Jackson, who was able to fall straight back on top of him and hold his position until the end of the round.
Jackson goes for another takedown shot in the third and gets stuffed, before he reenters and strains himself for the takedown, allowing Lima to end up on top. Jackson is back to his feet quickly however, and he then is able to take Lima down quite easily.
The wrestling of Jackson has become remarkably impressive as of late; his entries, his finishes, trips. He’s been able to do this to just about anyone he’s fought since Ed Ruth, one of the greatest wrestlers to ever compete in Bellator.
Jackson secures two more takedowns, one to start the fourth, and one more at the beginning of the fifth, and he remained on top the entirety of the final two rounds.
Jason Jackson is now on a six-fight win streak, and most believe he should be on a ten-fight win streak due to his controversial split decision defeat to Ed Ruth.
And, over the course of these last six fights, Jackson has defeated the likes of a pair of UFC veterans in Kiichi Kunimoto and Jordan Mein, former WEC & UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson, world BJJ champion Neiman Gracie, another UFC veteran in Paul Daley, and now former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima.
That’s quite the impressive resume. Hopefully we can get Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov to come back and unify his title in the rematch against interim champion Logan Storley, because Jason Jackson is ready for his title shot.
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