Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson Co-Main Event Off Bellator 281

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Douglas Lima Credit: Mike Straus/Cageside Press

May’s Bellator 281 card in London, England has lost its co-main event.

The welterweight fight, expected to feature ex-champ Douglas Lima (32-10) taking on Jason Jackson (15-4), has been pulled from the card for undisclosed reasons. Eurosport’s Marcel Dorff was first to report the news.

A source familiar with the situation confirmed the news to Cageside Press on Sunday. Lyoto Machida vs. Fabian Edwards has been bumped up to the co-main event slot as a result.

Lima, a two-time Bellator welterweight champion, had been looking to snap a three-fight losing streak in the bout. For Jackson, meanwhile, the fight represented the opportunity to snag a title shot, after winning five straight against increasingly high-profile competition.

Bellator 281 takes place at the SSE Arena, Wembley in London, England on Friday, May 13, 2022. An interim title fight, necessitated by champ Yaroslav Amosov’s participation in the defense of Ukraine against Russia, will see Michael Page face Logan Storley in the main event.

The following bouts have been reported for the card thus far:

  • Logan Storley vs. Michael Page – for the Bellator MMA interim welterweight championship
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Fabian Edwards
  • Denise Kielholtz vs. Kana Watanabe
  • Paul Daley vs. Andrey Koreshkov
  • Luke Trainer vs. Simon Biyong
  • Daniel Weichel vs. Rob Whiteford
  • Oliver Enkamp vs. Mark Lemminger
  • Kate Jackson vs. Elina Kallionidou
  • Tim Wilde vs. Alfie Davis
  • Andrew Fisher vs. Attila Korkmaz
  • Charlie Ward vs. Alan Carlos
  • Maciej Różański vs. Lee Chadwick
  • Arunas Andriuskevicus vs. David Trallero
  • Chiara Penco vs. Lanchana Green