Jason Jackson played the smart plan to choke Douglas Lima over five rounds in the headliner of Bellator 283.
Jackson picked up his sixth straight win by playing it safe, taking away Lima’s standup weapon with a wrestling attack that led to a 50-45 unanimous decision across the board. A good part of the audience did not hear the scorecards, because they had already flowed out of the arena when they were read.
Bellator 283 took place on Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino and Hotel in Tacoma, Washington. The event’s main card aired live on Showtime.
Afterwards, Jackson pleaded to a booing crowd: “Lima is a legend. I’m not taking anything away from him. I came out here and did what I had to do to get to the next level.” He asked for a title shot and said a match with interim title challenger Michael “Venom” Page sounded apt.
Jackson, a product of Kill Cliff Fight Club (formerly Sanford MMA), found his way to victory in the first, taking some sharp kicks to the leg for his efforts. At the second, he powered through Lima’s kicks and put his opponent on the mat, who was only marginally more difficult to take down. A tossup stunned Jackson briefly, but he was able to stay on top and maintain control. In the third, Lima’s rushes kept him upright for only a moment as Jackson straightened and regained control.
In the championship rounds, it took less than 30 seconds for Jackson to put Lima on the mat and keep him there. It was a smart plan for an ex-champ who had missed weight a day earlier by 1.8 pounds, and it wasn’t must-see TV. But it was effective, and as Jackson said, it moved him up the ladder. Lima, meanwhile, suffered its fourth straight loss and faces an uncertain future.
Musayev steamrolls Outlaw
If you want to know how Carpe Diemtake a cue from Tofiq Musayev.
The former RIZIN champion may have stamped his ticket to a lightweight title shot at Sidney Outlaw on short notice in the co-main event on Friday.
Musayev robbed Outlaw of his balance with a couple of hooks and then finished the job with a right hand that had referee Keith Peterson quickly stepping in to save the fallen fighter from more punishment. It was all over just 25 seconds into the first round.
With his first Bellator victory, Musayev, whose promotional debut was delayed due to a pair of cancellations, moves forward to fight Usman Nurmagomedov for the next opportunity to face champion Patricky Freire.
Nurmagomedov quickly presses Gonzalez
Usman Nurmagomedov is now 15-0 after showing another wrinkle to his game. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin lured his opponent Chris Gonzalez into overextending a chase and quickly swept him to the mat. As the American wrestler tried to get back up, Nurmagomedov snuck in a choke, securing a tap at the 2:54 mark of the opening frame.
Afterwards, the active undefeated Nurmagomedov – translated by the retired former UFC champion – asked for a title fight against champion Patricky Pitbull.
Lorenz Larkin elbow gives no contest vs. Mukhamed Berkhamov
Lorenz Larkin figured a side elbow would deter Mukhamed Berkhamov from choking him on the canvas, where he found himself early on. But that elbow unfortunately landed right on the sweet spot for a foul, connecting the point directly to the back of the Russian’s head. When Berkhamov fell from the punch, unable to stand after the referee stopped the action, Larkin appeared to acknowledge his mistake. Seconds later, with Berkhamov unable to stand or walk, Larkin’s expression changed to one of disgust and disappointment when a no-contest was called at the 2:52 mark of the opening frame.
Golm survives the blast, Franklin presses
Lifting a heavyweight is hard work, as Davion Franklin found out. After twice lifting Marcelo Golm in the air and knocking him to the mat, Franklin looked up at the clock, spent. Golm may have had a heavy spot on his right brow, courtesy of a Franklin shot. But he kept coming, and when the doctor at the cage let it go into the other one, he retaliated, chasing Franklin around the cage and getting body shots. It took him a few minutes to recover, but Franklin’s determination — and some sloppily effective grappling — put him on top to close out the second frame. Cheered on by the crowd, he ran on steam in the third, swinging to land something, anything, against his more technical opponent.
In the end, technique won the day, and Golm knocked his man to the ground and took his back, prompting a hard layup from Franklin with 24 seconds left on the clock.
Complete results from Bellator 283:
Jason Jackson def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Tofiq Musayev def. Sidney Outlaw via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:27
Usman Nurmagomedov def. Chris Gonzalez via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:54
Mukhamed Berkhamov vs. Lorenz Larkin declared no contest (accidental illegal elbow) – R1, 2:52
Marcelo Golm def. Davion Franklin via submission (naked rear choke) – Round 3, 4:36
Dalton Rosta def. Romero Cotton via TKO (left hook) – Round 3, 0:38
Know Arteaga def. Vanessa Porto via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:47
Gadzhi Rabadanov def. Bobby King via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Akhmed Magomedov def. Kevin Boehm via submission (naked rear choke) – R1, 1:16
Roman Faraldo def. Luis Iniguez via KO (punch) – Round 1, 3:42
Jaylon Bates def. Mark Coates via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Archie Colgan def. Bryan Nuro via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:15