Jason Jackson played the clever game plan to put down Douglas Lima over five rounds at the Bellator 283 headliner.
Jackson took his sixth straight win by playing it safe, taking Lima’s reserve weapons with a wrestling attack that resulted in a unanimous decision of 50-45 scores across the board. A large part of the audience did not hear the scorecards, because they had already poured out of the arena by the time it was read.
Bellator 283 was held Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino and Hotel in Tacoma, Washington, and the event’s main card was broadcast live on Showtime.
Then, Jackson booed a crowd, “Lima is a legend. I take nothing from him. I came here and did what I had to do to get to the next level.” He called for a title shot and said a fight with interim title contender Michael “Venom” Page seemed appropriate.
Jackson, a producer of Kill Cliff Fight Club (formerly Sanford MMA), found his way to victory at the start, taking some sharp kicks in the leg for his efforts. By the second, he managed to take Lima’s kick and put his opponent on the rug, which was marginally difficult to take down. A sudden blow stunned Jackson for a while, but he managed to stay ahead and maintain control. At the third, Lima’s whiz kept him straight only momentarily as Jackson corrected himself and resumed control.
In the tournament 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 a former champ who had lost 1.8 pounds the day before, and TV wasn’t necessary. But it was effective, and, as Jackson said, it moved him up the ladder. Meanwhile, Lima suffered his fourth straight loss and faces an uncertain future.
Musaev breaks the law
If you want to know how take the chanceTake a cue from Tofik Musaev.
The former RIZIN Champion may have sealed his ticket for a Sidney Outlaw lightweight title at short notice in Friday’s co-main event.
Musaev stole the Outlaw off his balance with a pair of hooks and then finished the job with his right hand which referee Keith Peterson had quickly scored to save the injured fighter from further punishment. It was only over 25 seconds in the first round.
With his first win at Bellator, Musayev, whose promotional appearance has been delayed due to a cancellation, advances to the front of the class to compete with Usman Nurmagomedov for the next opportunity to face champion Patrick Freire.
Nurmagomedov quickly clicks on Gonzalez
Usman Nurmagomedov is now 15-0 after showing another wrinkle in his game. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin baited opponent Chris Gonzalez for over-chasing and then quickly shoved him to the mat. As the American wrestler attempted to come back, Nurmagomedov slipped into the throttle, securing the faucet at the 2:54 mark of the opening frame.
Next, the energetic, undefeated Nurmagomedov – translated by the retired former UFC champ – called for a title fight against champion Patrick Pitbull.
Lawrence Larkin Elbow brings non-competition vs. Muhammed Berkhamov
Lorenz Larkin thought a side elbow would prevent Muhammed Berkhamov from strangling him on the canvas, where he found himself early on. But this attachment unfortunately landed in the right place for a mistake, connecting the point directly to the back of the Russian’s head. As Berkhamov swayed from the blow, unable to stand after the referee stopped the action, Larkin seemed to admit his mistake. Seconds later, when Berkhamov could not stand or walk, Larkin’s expression changed to one of disgust and disappointment as the no-contest was called out at the 2:52 mark of the opening frame.
Golem survives the tournaments, and clicks on Franklin
Lifting heavy weight is hard work, as Davion Franklin discovered. After raising Marcelo Golem twice in the air and hitting him on the carpet, Franklin looked at his hour. The golem may have sustained a massive wound to his right forehead thanks to Franklin’s shot. But he kept coming, and when the doctor let him go for the second, he retaliated, chasing Franklin around the cage and landing body shots. It took a few minutes to recover, but Franklin’s determination — and some effective grappling — put him ahead to close out the second frame. Amid the cheers of the crowd, he ran with fumes on the third, swinging to land something, anything, against his more technical opponent.
Ultimately, the technique won the day, and Golem kicked his leg to the ground and regained his back, sending Franklin out hard with 24 seconds left on the clock.
Bellator Complete 283 results:
Jason Jackson def. Douglas Lima by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Toufik Musaev Sidney Outlaw via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:27
Osman Nurmagomedov def. Chris Gonzalez by submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:54
Muhammed Berkhamov vs. Lorenz Larkin declared no contest (unintentional illegal elbow) – Round 1, 2:52
Marcelo Golem defeated. Davion Franklin by submission (naked rear throttle) – 3rd round, 4:36
Dalton Rosta defeated. Romero Cotton via TKO (left hook) – Round 3, 0:38
Vita Artega def. Vanessa Porto via submission (guillotine strangle) – Round 2, 3:47
Gadji Rabadanov defeated. Bobby King by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Akhmed Magomedov defeated. Kevin Boom Cross Submission (Naked Rear Throttle) – R1, 1:16
Roman Faraldo Def. Luis Iniges via KO (Bunch) – Round 1, 3:4
Jaylon Bates def. Mark Coates via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Archie Colgan def. Brian Noru via TKO (punches) – 3rd round, 1:15