Bellator 255: Jason Jackson Says Win Over Neiman Gracie Will Make Him No. 1 Contender

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Jason Jackson, Bellator 253 Credit: Bellator MMA

Jason Jackson is back in action in the co-main event of Bellator 255 on April 2, 2021. Some would say he is coming off the biggest win of his career thus far, against former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Jackson doesn’t think so.

“I wasn’t impressed with that fight,” Jason told Cageside Press recently. “I was impressed with my maturity as a fighter, and so now I can see my maturity when I fight. I feel like I can push the pace and start getting the finish. Get back to my finishing ways”

With the win over Henderson, “The Ass Kicking Machine” is now riding a three-fight winning streak. He faces Neiman Gracie, who is also coming off possibly the biggest win of his career.

“I’m looking for the finish or if not I will dominate him. But look for the knockout or even submission.”

A win over Gracie could possibly set up Jackson with his first Bellator title shot.

“I absoultly, no doubt see this this fight as a No. 1 contender fight. The whole MMA community sees it that way, it’s not just me,” Jackson said.

Of course, the Gracie name is legendary. No matter who it is or which generation it is. Neiman is a 4th generation member of the Gracie Family, and adding that name to Jackson’s resume is special.

“It means a lot to me. The Gracie name is big and they are still around,” Jackson said. It’s going to feel good and then people are going be like ‘Jackson Jackson is legit, he even has a Gracie on his resume.'”

Bellator returns on April 2 on a new network, Showtime, and like the rest of the Bellator roster, Jackson is excited.

“It’s awesome, there will definitely be more eyes will be watching, especially because Showtime has been around awhile and there is a boxing audience, so it’ll be nice to get some of that attraction to Bellator.”

Bellator 255 takes place April 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn and will be headlined by a rematch between Patricio Freire vs. Emmanuel Sanchez for the featherweight title.

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