Jason Jackson looks to continue his winning ways in Bellator this Friday.
Jason Jackson has gone through some of the top stages in his career. Jackson is a vet of Dana White’s Contender Series and The Ultimate Fighter, and is now co-main eventing Bellator 242. Jackson thanks God and his family for providing him the correct routes to his career and life.
“God showed me the way,” Jackson stated at the Bellator 242 media day on Wednesday, speaking to outlets including Cageside Press. “Maturity, responsibility, once I learned to live his way there is no wrong way to live.”
Jackson believes his charisma, athleticism and his heart stand above the rest when it comes to his abilities as a fighter. When it comes to his opponent, Jordan Mein, Jackson believes he doesn’t have the heart that Jackson himself possesses.
“Mein is a martial artist. He’s been doing this his whole life. He never grew the heart that I was born with, the iron will to fight. He is missing that and he won’t be able to prepare for that in this fight.”
Jackson says going into a fight that he can never prepare for an early finish. Instead, he’s always anticipating a victory, but will never underestimate an opponent.
“I never anticipate I am going to finish someone. Sometimes when I do knock someone down or finish someone I surprise myself,” he admitted. “I know I’m going to win doesn’t matter how long it will take.”
Jackson has been fighting since 2012 professionally. A member of the Ultimate Fighter Season 21 cast, Jackson went 1-1 in the house. A competitor on the Contender Series in 2017, Jackson fell just short. Even with some short comings, his prime is still ahead for the Bellator contender.
“This is my time. I learned a lot during my injuries. I’ve had a lot of setbacks and here I am, I’ve still come forward,” Jackson told the media. “This is my prime, I’ve learned from everything in my career.”
Jackson not only believes this is his time, but the time of the African American. Media member and longtime expert of combat sports Gareth Davies asked Jackson if this decade upcoming is the real time for African fighters to control the fighting world. Jackson agreed.
“This is my time. This is Rasta time, the fittest of the fit will survive,” he said with a laugh.
Bellator 242 goes down Friday, July 24 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The main card airs live on Paramount Network and DAZN.