Jason Jackson beats Douglas Lima in uneventful headliner

Jason Jackson beats Douglas Lima in uneventful headliner

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 Bellator 283 main event 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 a top contender in the division.

Bellator 283 took place Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

Much of the first two rounds were spent in the same position. After Lima fired some leg kicks, he was taken down early by Jackson. One on the canvas, Jackson was unsuccessful in positional advancement, but did just enough to keep Lima there. In round 2, Jackson secured another takedown. Lima briefly showed signs of life when he connected with a stunning surge on Jackson, who survived and remained on top.

In round 3, Jackson took Lima down again. Lima eventually reversed position – only to have the reversal reversed. The crowd booed as the championship rounds began. Lima tried to go back to the leg kicks, but Jackson took him down – again. That was where they lived.

In Round 5, seemingly everyone knew what was coming, and it still happened. Jackson took Lima down immediately and drained the bell.

With the win, Jackson may have clinched a title shot. The welterweight division is currently tough with undisputed titleholder Yaroslav Amosov returning from military service in Ukraine and interim champion Logan Storley awaiting a unification bout.

Jackson, 31, has not lost in the promotion since a debut loss to Ed Ruth. Since then, Jackson defeated Kiichi Kunimoto, Jordan Mein, Benson Henderson, Neiman Gracie, Paul Daley, and now, Lima.

As for Lima, his struggles to get into the win column continue. Largely dominant throughout the first nine years of his Bellator tenure, which included three runs as welterweight champion, Lima has now lost four straight fights. After an unsuccessful middleweight title challenge against Gegard Mousasi, Lima lost the welterweight title to Yaroslav Amosov. He came back to lose a controversial split decision to Michael Page in October and now has a defeat against Jackson as well.

Lima missed weight for the Bellator 283 headliner, tipping the scales at 172.8 — 1.8 pounds over the welterweight limit.

The complete Bellator 283 results include:

  • Jason Jackson def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • Tofiq Musayev def. Sidney Outlaw via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:27
  • Usman Nurmagomedov def. Chris Gonzalez via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:54
  • Mukhamed Berkhamov vs. Lorenz Larkin results in a no-contest (accidental illegal elbow) – Round 1, 2:52
  • Marcelo Golm def. Davion Franklin via submission (naked rear choke) – Round 3, 4:36
  • Dalton Rosta def. Romero Cotton via TKO (punches) – 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) – Round 1, 1:16
  • Roman Faraldo def. Luis Iniguez via knockout (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

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