3 fights you definitely don’t want to sleep on

Derrick Santistevan

INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 25: Aaron Pico commemorates in the cage after beating Daniel Carey in their featherweight battle at The Online forum on January 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Image by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

These 3 matches on Bellator 242 are worth looking out for.

After a 5 month hiatus, Bellator is formally back. Returning to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, Bellator 242 is bringing fans a smaller sized card than normal. 7 bouts are anticipated to occur on Friday, with a bantamweight bout in between Ricky Bandejas and Sergio Pettis set to heading theevent Pettis is making his second look in the promo at Bellator 242, diving right into the deep end at 135 pound versus Bandejas. Pettis (19 -5) was triumphant in his marketing debut when he took out Alfred Khashakyan through first-round guillotine choke. When it comes to his opponent, Bandejas (13-3) is 2-2 in his last 4 getaways, however his last 2 fights have actually been knockout triumphes, most just recently versus Frans Mlambo at Bellator240

While the main event will definitely draw fans to the card, there are 3 other matches that are worth seeing.

Here are 3 fights you won’ t want to miss out on at Bellator 242.

1. Aaron Pico vs. Chris Hatley Jr.

I believe by now it’s safe to presume the you never ever want to miss out on an Aaron Pico battle. No matter the result, Aaron Pico offers it 100% and puts on a show for thefans While not the start he believed he would have to his combined martial arts profession, Pico (5-3) is looking to get another winning streak going on Friday when he takes on Chris “Solo” Hatley Jr. Hatley Jr. (8-2) is adept in thecage In his Bellator debut, Hatley Jr. got a split decision success over accomplished striker Gaston Bolanos. This battle will be another strong test for the young Pico, who actually requires to stay constant and win fights if he desires to defend a title at some time in his profession. While all 5 of his triumphes have actually come over magnificent KO, 2 of his 3 losses have actually likewise come over KO. If Pico can get a finish here and keep himself reasonably healthy, he might go on a run in the second half of2020 Anticipate these 2 to put on an extremely amazing battle, no matter who comes out the victor.

2. Raufeon Stots vs. Cass Bell

Highly-touted bantamweight possibility Raufeon Stots is making his second look inside the Bellator cage this Friday when he takes on the unbeaten Cass Bell. After a variety of results in his amateur profession, Bell has actually stepped it up given that turning professional back in2018 Bell is now 5-0 with all of his wins being available inBellator 4 of his 5 wins have actually come over blockage, his newest battle being a consentaneous decision win over Pierre Daguzan at Bellator235 When it comes to Stots, he is looking to develop off his marketing debut win over Cheyden Leialoha in 2015 and ideally complete for a title not too far down the roadway. At 13 -1, Stots had numerous suitors seeking his skills after he revealed he was searching for a brand-new promo to callhome The former Success FC bantamweight champ then signed with Bellator in 2019 and hasn’t recalled given that. Stots’ only expert loss came versus UFC standout Merab Dvalishvili in Ring ofCombat This will be a difficult test for both fighters, however anticipate a gritty efficiency from these 2 when they satisfy on the prelims of Bellator 242.

3 Jason Jackson vs. Jordan Mein

Jason Jackson vs. Jordan Mein is a battle that has definitely gone under the radar given that it was revealed. Mein signed with Bellator in January after not re-signing with the UFC, in spite of winning his last 2 fights through consentaneous decision and looking great at the same time. Mein has loads of experience on hisside He turned expert at 16 years of ages and has actually battled 43 times ever since, assembling a decent 31-12record His opponent Jason Jackson has actually had a various path to get to Bellator than him, with just 15 pro fights under his belt and having actually never ever battled in the UFC. We understand being signed to the UFC does not make or break a fighter’s profession. In the start of his profession, Jackson had a stint on the Ultimate Fighter season 21 and didn’t do so well. Fast forward to 2019 and Jackson is the LFA welterweight champ.

Prior to finalizing with Bellator, Jackson had his shot on Dana White’s Competitor Series, however lost to Kyle Stewart through TKO (ankle injury) in the secondround Jackson is currently 1-1 in his second stint with Bellator, losing a spit decision to Ed Ruth prior to winning a consentaneous decision versus Kiichi Kunimoto.

A win here for Jackson would be substantial, particularly versus a man like Mein who has a lot experience in the sport. On the flip side, a win for Mein would assist him get some much required momentum if he is to tackle this stacked Bellator welterweightdivision Capture this bout on the main card Friday night.

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Bellator 242 occurs on Friday July 24, 2020, live from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow in addition to FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

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