Pettis picked up unanimous 30-27 scores by shutting down Bandejas’ putting assault and landing punishing calf kicks and punches that set the tone in excess of 15 minutes.
Bellator 242 took location Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena with no followers and rigid COVID-19 protocols in location. It was the ViacomCBS-owned promotion’s first occasion because the final-minute cancelation of Bellator 241 in March thanks to the pandemic.
Pettis stalked Bandejas from the opening bell, returning really hard leg kicks and sneaking in pictures that scored near to the cage. After getting tagged at length, Bandejas labored inside and pulled off a significant takedown. He didn’t get a lot chance to do the job, though, as Pettis righted himself and fired off an additional large kick.
A kicking war opened the next body, and Pettis ongoing to press and land major punches. Calf kicks hobbled Bandejas’ harmony, prompting him to shoot all over again. This time, Pettis quickly reversed and acquired again to his ft, where he continued to snipe at Bandejas’ calf.
Admonished by his corner to go soon after Pettis, Bandejas tried using to get in his opponent’s face. In return, he took far more calf kicks and seemed more and more hesitant to fireplace again. Pettis took complete gain, location up big correct palms punches to the cage. In the remaining minutes, Pettis got looser, throwing all way of spin kicks and punches. A ultimate push from Bandejas wasn’t sufficient to reverse momentum.
Pettis picked up his 3rd straight earn and 2nd beneath the Bellator banner. He’s envisioned to fulfill the winner of an future title combat involving Patrick “Patchy” Mix and Juan Archuleta, who was compelled to withdraw from a planned battle for the vacant belt just after a bout with COVID-19.
Right after two several years away from combating, Jordan Mein sought to start fresh new in Bellator. In its place, Jason Jackson despatched him again to the drawing board.
Bouncing all over like he was at a sparring session, Mein hoped to catch Jackson napping with fast assaults from distance. Jackson, even so, brilliantly countered when Jordan acquired far too near, landing a ideal hand that despatched the UFC vet backpedaling to the fence.
Mein engaged a lot more right in the 2nd, and he compensated for it when he took a leg kick that compelled him to change stances. Mein appeared for greater luck with a takedown, but Jackson stayed upright and began to soak up much more and extra destruction. Jackson’s combinations have been more quickly and a lot more precise, and a late takedown place an exclamation position on the frame.
Jackson attacked his opponent’s damage leg from the start of the remaining frame, building it extra complicated than ever for Mein to deliver electricity for his strikes. A takedown attempt was very easily stuffed by Jackson, and a correct hand set Mein down. Receiving up slowly but surely, Mein did his very best to muster an offense, but his entire body struggled to cooperate. A past-ditch throw endeavor finished with Jackson on leading, smothering Mein to the closing bell.
The closing scores had been all 30-27 in favor of Jackson, who picked up his 2nd straight win. Mein goes back to the decline column just after two wins in the UFC.
Jay Jay Wilson’s robust start out and end gained the day more than Tywan Claxton, even although the closing scores wasn’t completely reflective of what happened in the cage.
Willson arrived out with a extremely clear target in head, and that was to consider Claxton to the canvas, where by he could get the job done his submission skills. Eventually, he was capable to produce a scramble, and from there, he swiftly capitalized. A move to mount forced Claxton to give up his back again, and he was forced to defend his neck ahead of a slick reversal gave him top rated placement and time for a number of photographs from up best.
It was a robust get started for Wilson. But aside from various kicks to the entire body and legs, he was smothered and outstruck for significantly of the 2nd and 3rd body. Only in the last moment of the 3rd round was he capable to set Claxton in significant danger, leaping into a triangle that experienced Claxton scrambling to avoid a faucet.
Claxton, who’s dropped to 1-2 in his past a few outings, immediately protested two scores of 29-28 and 30-27 with 1 choose dissenting 30-27 in his favor. Wilson celebrated the extension of his unbeaten pro streak to six professional fights.
Bellator star Aaron Pico made a decision not to allow Solo Hatley Jr. test his chin as promised. In just the initial minute, Pico grounded his foe and pounded away with punches and elbows. Hatley Jr. turned to stay away from the destruction, and that was all she wrote. Flattened out, Hatley Jr. tapped out to a rear-bare choke seconds later on.
With skilled use of just one of his key skillsets, Pico prolonged his existing winning streak to two fights and place far more length concerning him and a pair of knockouts that endangered his extensive-term viability as a Bellator star.
Whole Bellator 242 final results:
Sergio Pettis def. Ricky Bandejas through unanimous final decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jason Jackson def. Jordan Mein via unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jay Jay Wilson def. Tywan Claxton by means of split decision (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
Aaron Pico def. Solo Hatley Jr. via submission (rear-bare choke) – Round 1, 2:10