Douglas Lima is a name Jason Jackson thought about since October 2016.
Jackson defeated the youngest of the two brothers, Dhiego Lima in the Titan FC 42 headliner over four years ago. After earning the first-round TKO win, Jackson pictured himself meeting the Bellator champion down the road.
After three-straight Bellator victories, including a three-round unanimous decision win over former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Bellator 253 this past Thursday, Jackson is making a case to fight Douglas Lima.
“That was the thing, once I beat Dhiego Lima, Douglas was the champ and people would tarnish my win, saying, ‘His brother is better.” For me, I’m like it was destined,” Jackson said.
“That’s what i think about, beating both of those guys and showing it doesn’t matter, I’m Jason Jackson.”
Jason Jackson rattled off three-straight wins
Jackson is making a name for himself in the division by coming off three-straight unanimous decision wins over former UFC fighters.
Jackson spoiled Henderson’s return to 170 pounds by out striking Henderson in round one. In the second, Jackson took the fight to Henderson and even scored two takedowns. Henderson attempted a rear-naked choke in the third round, but Jackson managed to defend.
Henderson’s short-notice fight ended in another impressive win for “The ass-kicking machine.”
Before Jackson dominated Henderson on Saturday, he picked apart former UFC welterweight Jordan Mein for three rounds at Bellator 242 this past July.
Jackson suffered a split decision loss in his Bellator debut to Ed Ruth back in October 2019. The 30-year-old is still not convinced he lost the bout.
Jackson rebounded in a big way by winning his next three, starting off with a decision win against former UFC talent Kiichi Kunimoto at Bellator 236 in December 2019. .
The Florida-based fighter’s win over Henderson is just another win to add to his long resume.
“It just shows I have the potential to beat anyone the same way, including the champ or the contender,” Jackson said. “I respect the acknowledgment I need and the recommendation I need from the fans that Jason Jackson is here and this guy can fight.”