Jason Jackson muffles his Jordan Mein debut

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Jason Jackson put a notable victory on his resume Friday at Bellator 242 when he routed UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jordan Mein for three rounds.Jackson (12-4 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) gave Mein (31-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) a rude welcome at the Bellator with a dominant performance. His shot was more efficient and he had a head start on both offensive and defensive holds. After 15 minutes the result was a unanimous decision victory with 30-27 scores from all three judges.

The welterweight bout was the Bellator 242 joint bout, which took place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main card is shown on Paramount after the preliminaries on YouTube.

Mein came out fighting aggressively. He whipped several kicks in Jackson’s direction and attempted to apply pressure with hitting volume. Jackson had the answer, however, and regained his respect by marking Mein with blows to the head. Jackson’s confidence grew and he gained momentum after five minutes.

Jackson picked up where he left off in the second round. He was throwing more often than Mein, who was becoming visibly frustrated with his inability to descend. Jackson also kept the Canadian on his toes, pulling off low kicks and even mixing up a takedown and doing a bit of work with top control.

In desperate need of something to do in the final frame, Mein came out throwing elbows and other strikes. When that failed to land, he went for a teardown in the hopes of establishing ground control. Jackson also stopped that before landing a hard right hand that dropped Mein to the canvas. Mein survived, but the book was closed on the tales. Jackson finished the final few minutes after stopping a teardown, ending a clean night’s work.

Bellator 242 results down to the minute:

Jason Jackson beats. Jordan Mein via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Jay Jay Wilson def. Tywan Claxton by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 30-27) Aaron Pico def. Solo Hatley Jr. via submission (starter at the back) – Round 1, 2:10 Mark Lemminger def. Jake Smith via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:46 Raufeon Stots defeats. Cass Bell via submission (bare back choke – Round 3, 1:24 Ras Hylton def.Rudy Schaffroth via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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