Marc RaimondiESPN Editor3 minute read
Jason Jackson has seen the powerhouse Kill Cliff FC team achieve success after success over the years, serving as a training partner and corner for elite fighters such as former UFC welterweight champions Kamaru Usman and Robbie Lawler.
Friday was his turn.
Jackson knocked out Yaroslav Amosov via TKO at 2:08 of the third round in the main event of Bellator 301 in Chicago to win the promotion’s welterweight title. Amosov arrived as a dominant champion with a 27-0 record, the best undefeated mark in major MMA, and was a heavy favorite.
Amosov’s bread and butter is his wrestling. But Jackson is a very good wrestler himself, and he managed to stay on the sidelines for the entire fight, while making Amosov pay with difficult counters and combinations. In the final sequence, Jackson landed a terrific right cross, left hook and right cross combination that dropped Amosov. Jackson continued to land while Amosov was on the ground until referee Blake Grice intervened.
ESPN ranked Amosov as No. 6 in the world at welterweight.
Jackson was not praised. He failed to enter the UFC twice, once in “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2015 and again in “Dana White’s Contender Series” in 2017. But he struggled against stiff competition throughout. throughout his career and has improved. Jackson’s second professional fight was a loss to former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington.
Jackson (17-4) has won seven straight fights. The Jamaica native is a former LFA and Titan FC welterweight champion. Jackson, 33, has defeated former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and hard-hitting veteran Paul Daley during his streak.
Amosov (27-1) had won his eight fights in Bellator. The Ukraine native defeated Lima to win the title in 2021. Amosov, 30, has defended his title once, a unanimous decision win over Jackson’s teammate Logan Storley in February. .
In the co-main event on Friday, Patchy Mix defeated Sergio Pettis by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:51 of the second round to become the undisputed Bellator bantamweight champion. Pettis came in as champion and Mix was the interim titleholder, which was necessary due to an injury to Pettis last year.
Coming in, ESPN ranked Pettis 7th and Mix 9th in the world at bantamweight. Mix (19-1), a 30-year-old New York native, has won six straight, including five via finish.