‘I will’t lose anymore’: Ex-Bellator champ Douglas Lima wants to knock out Jason Jackson to complete career-worst droop
Douglas Lima is likely one of the most finished warring parties in Bellator history, alternatively he reveals himself in a unique position ahead of his Bellator 283 number one event bout with Jason Jackson, which matches down Friday night in Tacoma, Wash.
“The Phenom” has crushed a who’s who of the Bellator welterweight division since his promotional debut more than a decade up to now, topping the likes of Rory MacDonald, Michael Internet web page, Andrey Koreshkov, Paul Daley, and Lorenz Larkin, alternatively has dropped alternatives to Gegard Mousasi, Yaroslav Amosov, and Internet web page in a span of 300 and sixty 5 days from 2020 and 2021.
It’s a must-win scenario for Lima, who moreover lost sight of weight by the use of 1.8 pounds at Thursday’s Bellator 283 weigh-ins.
Jackson, on the other hand, has won 5 in a row going into his first headlining spot in Bellator — 5 alternatives over Daley, Neiman Gracie, Benson Henderson, Jordan Mein, and Kiichi Kunimoto. He’s the usage of most sensible on the best run of his career.
Lima likes the matchup, even if he considers Jackson “a difficult fight.”
“He’s coming off excellent wins, he’s difficult and durable and doesn’t get tired, however it definitely’s a excellent matchup for me,” Lima discussed on a up-to-the-minute episode of MMA Preventing podcast Trocação Franca. “He has excellent boxing and primary fee wrestling, and I believe he’ll take a look at the equivalent issue he did to Daley. Tough fight, alternatively I identical to the matchup.”
Without reference to what Jackson would in all probability take a look at against him during the spherical cage, Lima isn’t even making an allowance for leaving Washington with every other loss in his MMA record.
“3 [losses] in a row, that’s in no way happened forward of, however it definitely’s not unusual,” discussed Lima, a multiple-time welterweight champion in Bellator with an basic record of 32-10. “We get older and get began to try the other side of things, ? Preventing is difficult. If I had suffered 3 right away knockouts that can be one thing, alternatively the fights I out of place — I no doubt out of place to Mousasi and Amosov, alternatively this ultimate one [against Page] was once as soon as close. I believe I however have that fireplace in me, I however have a large number of fights to do.”
Lima flew to Thailand to train for Bellator 283, something he has finished three times forward of in his career alternatively wasn’t ready to since the get began of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Brazilian discussed it’s tough to be transparent of family for good-bye, however it definitely’s a very important sacrifice to get out of his comfort zone.
“All we do there may be train, so I decided to do part of my camp there,” Lima discussed. “I was supposed to stay longer alternatively most efficient managed to stay there for two or 3 weeks, alternatively every time I am going there I be told this kind of lot. I couldn’t transfer there for those 3 losses I had, alternatively I’m once more to my not unusual schedule now after COVID. I’ll transfer after this victory because of I have to win no matter what.
“I’m healthy, I’m feeling physically neatly. The entire thing hurts after 30 [laughs], alternatively I’m once more to training like forward of. Once I started to get older I slowed problems down in training and that makes this kind of lot difference. It’s hard, alternatively I’m training two occasions a day yet again to get well. We have were given transfer the extra mile. I’m broken in the end, alternatively feeling excellent. We want to get once more to that out of date form because of I will’t lose anymore [laughs]. No way.”
Jackson, nicknamed “The Ass-Kicking Tool,” is 15-4 inside the sport with seven finishes to his credit score ranking, not one of the ones beneath the Bellator banner. In step with Lima, “he reveals a technique to win, so I will have to be wary and not let him stall.”
“What problems necessarily essentially the most is successful, and I wanna win this probably the most best possible techniques I will,” he discussed. “I wanna publish him, I wanna knock him out. I don’t desire a selection, in particular 5 rounds. Most simple alternatives and alternatives [in my past four fights] and losing a number of them, alternatively that’s the game we play. It’s not all the time we will be able to get the top. Guys are getting harder and harder, in particular since I’m all the time preventing the best.
“Then again I need to knock him out, I need to publish him, because of I need to fight for the belt yet again and the only way I get that [chance] is by the use of placing on a show with those knockouts people love to look. I’m confident I’ll get the knockout. With a excellent win, a satisfying knockout, I’m positive I’ll fight for the belt yet again.”