It wasn’t the most rock’em, sock’em fight in Bellator history, but a win is a win for Jason Jackson’s record.
In the main event of Bellator 283 on Friday, Jackson (16-4 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) defeated former welterweight champion Douglas Lima (32-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC) via unanimous decision (50- 45, 50-45, 50-45) to solidify his place as the division’s top contender.
Bellator 283 took place Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
Much of the first two rounds were in the same position. After Lima fired a few leg kicks, he was taken down early by Jackson. One on the canvas, Jackson failed to make progress in his position but did just enough to keep Lima there. In round 2, Jackson got another takedown. Lima briefly showed signs of life when he connected with a superb kick over Jackson, who survived and stayed on top.
In round 3, Jackson downed Lima again. Lima eventually reversed her stance – only for her reversal to be reversed. The crowd booed as the championship rounds began. Lima tried to get back to his leg kicks, but Jackson knocked him down – again. That’s where they stayed.
In Round 5, apparently everyone knew what was coming and it happened anyway. Jackson shot Lima immediately and emptied the clock.
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With the win, Jackson may have landed a title shot. The welterweight division is currently stuck with undisputed titleholder Yaroslav Amosov returning from military service in Ukraine and interim champion Logan Storley awaiting a unification bout.
Jackson, 31, hasn’t lost in the promotion since a first loss to Ed Ruth. Since then, Jackson has beaten Kiichi Kunimoto, Jordan Mein, Benson Henderson, Neiman Gracie, Paul Daley and now Lima.
As for Lima, their struggles to get into the win column continue. Widely dominating in the first nine years of his Bellator tenure, which included three runs as welterweight champion, Lima has now lost four fights in a row. After an unsuccessful middleweight title challenge against Gegard Mousasi, Lima lost his welterweight title to Yaroslav Amosov. He came back losing a controversial split decision to Michael Page in October, and now has a loss to Jackson as well.
Lima missed weight for the Bellator 283 headliner as he tipped the scales at 172.8 – 1.8 pounds over the welterweight limit.
#Bellator283 results: Jason Jackson def. Douglas Lima by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Full results: https://t.co/SCydUMEk3r pic.twitter.com/ChYNLPAuJI
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Full Bellator 283 results include:
- Jason Jackson beats. Douglas Lima by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- Tofiq Musayev def. Sidney Outlaw via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:27
- Usman Nurmagomedov defeated. Chris Gonzalez via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:54
- Mukhamed Berkhamov vs. Lorenz Larkin results in a no contest (unintentional illegal elbow) – Round 1, 2:52
- Marcelo Golm def. Davion Franklin via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3, 4:36
- Dalton Rosta beats. Romero Cotton via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:38
- Veta Arteaga def. Vanessa Porto by submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:47
- Gadzhi Rabadanov defeated. Bobby King via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Akhmed Magomedov defeated. Kevin Boehm via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:16
- Roman Faraldo defeated. Luis Iniguez via KO (punch) – Round 1, 3:42
- Jaylon Bates defeated. Mark Coates via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Archie Colgan def. Bryan Nuro via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:15