Bellator MMA returns to action tonight as they host Bellator 242 from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event is headlined by a Bantamweight bout between Ricky Bandejas and Sergio Pettis. We here at The Sports Geek are going to breakdown each of the main card fights and give you a high-value play for every fight. In this article, we are going to breakdown the Welterweight fight between Jason Jackson and Jordan Mein.
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Jason Jackson (11-4) vs. Jordan Mein (31-12)
The co-main event at Bellator 242 is a Welterweight clash between Jason Jackson and UFC veteran and Bellator MMA newcomer, Jordan Mein. Mein left the UFC as a free agent, after winning his last two fights with the world’s largest MMA promotion, and is looking to make an impact in the Bellator Welterweight division. With a win tonight, Mein could get close to a shot at Douglas Lima’s Welterweight strap. Jackson is hoping to build on his last fight, a decision win over Kiichi Kunimoto, his first with the promotion.
Jackson is the current betting favorite at -182, and the fight is expected to go the distance with the to go the distance betting line at -215 on will go.
If you haven’t watched Jason Jackson fight, you might be a bit surprised that he is the betting favorite against the veteran Jordan Mein, don’t be. Jackson is a violent fighter that certainly looks the part as he is very intimidating. Jackson fought four times in 2019, and won three of those fights, with the lone loss coming to wrestling superstar Ed Ruth, in a split decision.
Jackson can finish fights on the feet, and he also has an underrated submission game as he has three submission wins amongst his eleven professional wins. In the recent loss to Ed Ruth, he nearly ended that fight on several occasions as he rocked Ruth with both a head kick and a big overhand right. Ruth was given the win in a razor-tight decision mostly for his ability to take Jackson down and wrestle him.
Jason Jackson vs Jordan Mein is my personal favorite fight on the card. Mein is a game opponents and will make his Bellator debut and Jackson is one of the best talents in the division looking to pick up his second win in the promotion. pic.twitter.com/FHJGNGNj5Q
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Jackson looked very sharp in his last bout as he easily won each round enroot to a unanimous decision over win Kiichi Kunimoto, to give Jackson his first-ever win in Bellator. If you are someone that watches The Ultimate Fighter, you may remember Jackson as he was on the show, but was knocked out after taking a huge right hand and having his ankle dislocate on his way to the mat. The Bellator Welterweight division is currently a bit light on talent, and if Jackson can win back to back fights with a win over Mein tonight, he could be right in line for a title shot.
Jordan Mein has been fighting professionally since 2006 and has fought for nearly every major promotion in the world, except Bellator, and that changes tonight, as he makes his promotional debut. Mein had a nice run in the UFC as he has nine fights and finished up with a 5-4 record. He could have stayed with the promotion but decided that after a two-fight winning streak over the likes of Erik Silva and Alex Morono, that he would test free agency, and here he is now with Bellator MMA.
BREAKING: 🇨🇦 Jordan Mein has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with @BellatorMMA.
Mein will debut later this year in the welterweight division.
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Mein is proficient on his feet as well as on the ground and can stop the fight anywhere, as he has 16 career knockouts and 7 career submissions. He has several wins over big named fighters in his career, including wins over Mike Pyle, Dan Miller, Josh Burkman, and Joe Riggs. And when you look at the guys he lost to in his career, most of them were very good fighters.
Mein has losses to Thiago Alves, Rory McDonald, and a split decision loss to former champion Tyron Woodley. His most recent two losses in the UFC came to Bilal Muhammed, who is 17-3, and Emil Weber Meek, a guy that has a win over Rousimar Palhares and went the distance with Kamaru Usman. Mein doesn’t lose very often, and when he does, it is only to quality fighters.
While I like what I have seen recently from Jason Jackson, particularly in his fights against Ed Ruth and Kiichi Kunimoto, I don’t think he is quite ready for this fight with Jordan Mein. Mein is one of those guys that is pretty good everywhere. He can take guys down, he can grapple, and he can strike. He just has more tools in his bag than Jackson does.
That tells me that no matter how this fight plays out, Mein is going to have a chance to win it. That just isn’t the case for Jackson, as he will need to dictate the pace of this fight and where it takes place if he is going to find a way to win. I would expect that Mein gets this fight to the ground, and while Jackson is a decent grappler himself, there are levels to the ground game, and Mein is on a different one than Jackson.
This line is a fairly tight one, and I do see this as a competitive fight, but at the end of the day, I think Mein will use his wealth of experience to grind out a fairly close decision victory. The fact that I can get Mein as an underdog adds significant value to this play, and I will fire on the underdog feeling that I am backing a favorite. Give me Jordan Mein to win this one in a tightly contested battle!