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Bellator 283 predictions -- Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream
Lima and Jackson are driving in opposite directions on a one-lane road to the Bellator welterweight championship
A pair of top welterweights are set to collide on Friday night in Washington for Bellator MMA. Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson headlines Bellator 283 as the promotion makes its debut in the Evergreen State at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
It was only a few years ago that Lima (32-10) was in the conversation for top welterweight worldwide. Lima's name was in the mix with UFC champion Kamaru Usman following consecutive wins over Andrey Koreshkov, Michael Page and Rory MacDonald. Lima bit off more than he could chew in moving up a weightclass to challenge Gegard Mousasi for the Bellator middleweight championship. The loss to Mousasi kickstarted Lima's first career losing streak after 15 years as a pro. He lost his welterweight title to Yaroslov Amosov and dropped a split decision to Michael Page. Bellator 283 presents "The Phenom" with an opportunity to usurp the momentum of a fighter many peg as the next title challenger.
"It's the game we play. Every fight is like this. Every fight is tough," Lima said in an interview with The Underground. "I've been fighting the best of the world in my division, but it is what it is. When I was younger, you'd probably hear me crying, 'Yo, should I keep doing this? This is not for me,' but I mean, I've been in this long enough. I've been in this game for, like, 20 years, man. Nothing really changes. Some close fights, setbacks -- stuff like that happens. Me, I'm just moving forward."
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Jackson (15-4) has really came into his own under the Bellator banner. The "Contender Series" and "The Ultimate Fighter" veteran looked impressive in a split decision loss to Ed Ruth early in his Bellator tenure. It was strictly an upward trajectory from that point. Jackson has won five straight against Kiichi Kunimoto, Jordan Mein, Benson Henderson, Neiman Graice and Paul Daley. A win over Lima likely positions Jackson behind only champion Amosov, interim titleholder Logan Storley and recent title challenger Page in the rankings.
Things took an interesting twist on Thursday afternoon as Lima weighed in over the limit. The former champ came in at 172.8 pounds while Jackson weighed 171. He did not attempt to continue the cut. However, the fight will still happen on Friday as confirmed by Bellator officials...[(((Live)))]