Bellator 242 “Bandejas vs. Pettis” befell Friday, July 24, 2020 at Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Connecticut. Two Bantamweights in quest of a 3rd straight win met in the primary occasion as Ricky Bandejas (13-3) fought Sergio Pettis (19-5) in his second Bellator bout. For the winner there could be a date with the victor of Juan Archuleta vs. Patrick Combine for the at present vacant 135 lb. title.
Pettis executed a single sport plan to perfection over the course of 15 minutes — fixed ahead strain, attacking the left leg with kicks, and scoring along with his fingers as Bandejas’ mobility suffered. The longer the bout wore on the tougher it was for Bandejas to keep up an efficient stance or reply again with energy photographs. All three judges returned a verdict of 30-27 for Pettis in consequence. No post-fight interview adopted.
Scrappy and onerous hitting Welterweights have been subsequent on the invoice as Jason Jackson (11-4) and Jordan Mein (31-12) examined their wills contained in the Bellator cage. An amped up “Ass Kicking Machine” practically flew throughout the Bellator cage as he ran his pre-fight sprints.
Mein took two years off and had two knee surgical procedures, and it’s little shock that Jackson attacked his stance with punishing leg kicks. That wasn’t Mein’s greatest downside via the primary two rounds although — it was his incapability to maintain up with the tempo Jackson set, bobbing and weaving as he landed one important strike after one other.
Issues took a flip for the more serious with the third verse. Jackson continues to crush Mein’s left leg, dropped him with a tough counter proper at 2:06, let him again as much as punish him some extra, and eluded each takedown try that Mein tried till finally the final one wound up placing Jackson on prime in full guard with a minute to go.
Jackson rode out the spherical and the scorecards from the judges, incomes a 30-27 unanimous determination. No post-fight interview adopted.
Former Featherweight Grand Prix competitor Tywan Claxton (6-1) hoped to finish a seven month layoff with a win towards the to date undefeated Jay Jay Wilson (5-0). At Bellator’s digital media day, Wilson stated he “couldn’t even fee” Claxton’s talent at jiu-jitsu in comparison with his. Claxton did harm at vary, saved him on the fence, and smothered him with 15 minutes of strain. The judges scored it 30-27 Claxton, 29-28 Wilson, and 30-27 for Wilson by cut up determination. Chael Sonnen declared the latter rating “fiction” on commentary. Wilson spoke to John McCarthy afterward.
“I’ve a tremendous workforce behind me that retains me right here and prepared for each combat. Within the second spherical he pushed me towards the cage however he wasn’t doing a lot. In that third spherical he got here down, I form of had him within the guillotine place, and I went for the triangle as a result of I needed that end.”
Rounding out the primary card was Bellator MMA mainstay Aaron Pico (5-3) dealing with Chris Hatley, Jr. (8-2) at Featherweight. Pico solely wanted 28 seconds to attain a takedown and take management of the combat.
From there Pico steadily accrued harm with left fingers and elbows, smashing his approach via Hatley’s guard till he gave up his again. With that Pico sank in a rear bare choke and Hatley was compelled to faucet at 2:10 of the primary spherical. Pico earned his first profession win by submission in consequence. John McCarthy interviewed him from six ft away contained in the cage.
“Truthfully John, I owe it to my coaches. My coaches have helped me via this course of. Greg Jackson has slowed issues down for me. He made it quite simple. Coach Gibson, all of the coaches, it’s simply good to get a win. I don’t know what else to say however it’s working. I’ve energy in my fingers, I can knock anyone out, however to be trustworthy with you I simply need to win. I simply need to be sensible, have an amazing profession, have a protracted profession.”
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