Bellator MMA made its debut in Tacoma, Washington on Friday night, with Bellator 283 pitting two of the promotion’s top welterweights against once another.
Former three-time welterweight champion Douglas Lima has long been one of the promotion’s biggest homegrown stars. But with his last three losses all ending in defeat, not to mention the loss of his title, Lima needed to right the ship in order to make his way back to title contention.
Jason Jackson, meanwhile, had won five straight — and was looking for a signature win that could potentially land him a title fight, either against interim champ Logan Storley, or the winner of Storley vs. Yaroslav Amosov, dependent on the latter being ready to return to competition after serving in defense of Ukraine.
In a late twist, Lima missed weight by 1.8lbs on Thursday, with the fight moving forward at a catchweight.
The co-main event of Bellator 283, meanwhile, was something of a tragic story. Sidney Outlaw had originally been one of the names atop the card, in a title fight with lightweight champ Patricky Pitbull. When Pitbull withdrew due to injury, not only Outlaw’s title shot evaporated; so too did his main event billing. In place of Pitbull is Tofiq Musayev, a former RIZIN champ and a very dangerous fighter in his own right.
Bellator 283 goes down live at the Emerald Queen Casino and Hotel in Tacoma, Washington on Friday, July 22, 2022. The preliminary card kicks off at 6:55PM; a live stream can be viewed above. Where available, the main card Bellator 283 live stream is below. Full results can also be found below.
Bellator 283: Lima vs. Jackson Results
Jason Jackson def. Douglas Lima by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Tofiq Musayev def. Sidney Outlaw by knockout, Round 1, 0:27
Usman Nurmagomedov def. Chris Gonzalez by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1, 2:54
Lorenz Larkin vs. Mukhamed Berkhamov ends in a No Contest (unintentional foul/illegal blow), Round 1, 2:52
Marcelo Golm def. Davion Franklin by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3, 4:36
Dalton Rosta def. Romero Cotton by TKO (left hook), Round 3, 0:38
Veta Arteaga def. Vanessa Porto by submission (guillotine choke), Round 2, 3:47
Gadzhi Rabadanov def. Bobby King by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Akhmed Magomedov def. Kevin Boehm by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 1:16
Roman Faraldo def. Luis Iniguez by knockout, Round 1, 3:42
Jaylon Bates def. Mark Coates by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Archie Colgan def. Bryan Nuro by TKO, Round 3, 1:15