Bellator 242: Bandejas vs. Pettis took place from the Mohegan Sun and was broadcast on Paramount Network and simulcast on DAZN. Tonight’s main card featured four fights withere Rickey Bandejas faced Sergio Pettis in the main event. In the second bout of the night between Tywan Claxton and Jay Jay Wilson, Wilson missed weight in the Featherweight division.
Here are the full results as follow:
Bellator Featherweight Division (145 lbs): Aaron Pico (145) vs. Solo Hatley, Jr. (145.6)
Round One – Hatley looks like he’s about to take on Van Damme with his amazing hair. Pico going back to his wrestling, taking down Hatley from off the cage the center of the cage transition from an bow-and-arrow into the guard as he stacks Hatley. Pico transitions to a leg ride, flattens Hatley out, gets the rear naked choke and gets the submission.
Your winner at 2:10 by submission, Aaron Pico!
Bellator Featherweight Division (145 lbs): Tywan Claxton (146) vs. Jay Jay Wilson (147.9)*
Round One – Wilson, missed weight as we mentioned earlier, Wilson comes out aggressive, pressuring early but might be over extending himself as he feels he has to prove himself after the weight issue. Claxton takes cage control, pressuring his opponent. Wilson drives Claxton across the cage, changing position and getting the ankle trip landing into half guard, transitioning to the back and trying to get the rear naked choke. Claxton escapes just as the bell sounds.
Round Two – Wilson is being more cautious at the start of this round without rushing in, but landing an overhand right in the center of the cage. Claxton lands clean left cross, closing the distance to set up a quick combination. Claxton again takes cage control and is landing strikes against the taller opponent. The round comes to an end in the center of the cage.
Round Three – Third and final round in this Featherweight fight, now the two fighters are being more calculated as this fight appears to be pretty even. Claxton closes the distance again and takes cage control yet again. Wilson is able to take Claxton down, take the back and the fight goes the distance on ground.
Your winner by split decision, Jay Jay Wilson!
Bellator Welterweight Division (170 lbs) Co-Main Event: Jason Jackson (171) vs. Jordan Mein (170.5)
Round One – Jackson is forcing Mein to chase him around the cage. Jackson is controlling the pace by dancing around the cage. Jackson lands a beautiful left hook and blocks a head kick. Each fighter continues to land one strike then backs off as neither has committed to more than one punch or kick. Mein throws a lazy uppercut and eats an overhand right for his effort. This round ends with both men standing in the center of the cage.
Round Two – This round is starting out more aggressive than the first round and things are starting to look interesting. Mein’s calf is starting to swell as one kick forced him to change his stance. Jackson defended takedown, shrugging Mein off. It is Jackson who now is driving forward, making Mein back up then slipping to the ground. Jackson is amazing at controlling the distance and being able to slip multiple strike attempts. His counter striking looks like something out of a movie. Jackson is stuffing every lazy takedown attempt but refuses to try to grapple with Mein. Jackson, is able to swoop the leg and take top position form half guard against the cage as the round comes to a close.
Round Three – This is the final round of the co-main event and Jackson has landed more than 100 strikes. Jackson is oozing confidence as Mein has slowed down, even his single leg attempt was futile. Mein is leading with his face, eating repeated punches that bloodied his nose. Mein finally gets Jackson down, but he spins out into Mein’s guard with only a minute left in the fight, smothering him until the final bell.
Your winner by unanimous decision, Jason Jackson!
Bellator Bantamweight Division (135 lbs) Main Event: Ricky Bandejas (135.4) vs. Sergio Pettis (134.7)
Round One – These two are being very patient because this fight can end in a blink of an eye. The two exchange kicks as Pettis is looking to close the distance while Bandejas loves to fight tall. Bandejas eats a spinning heal kick that has little to no effect on him. Bandejas tends to lead with his chin, which could end the fight for him quickly. Bandejas executes a double leg takedown against the cage, taking side control as Pettis tries to tie his head up. Bandejas decides to stand up and they finish this round in the middle of the cage.
Round Two – Both fighters continue what they started with in the previous round, Pettis is finding Bandejas’ chin every time he closes the distance. Pettis has landed three low calf kicks, which is taking away Bandejas’ side kick allowing him to close the distance. Pettis closed the distance and as expected got the take down, but Bandejas escapes via a butterfly guard back to his feet. Bandejas tries to execute a flying knee, misses the knee while dodging Pettis’ right hook.
Round Three – We’ve reached the final round of this main event and the fight is just about even with Pettis landing more significant strikes. Pettis is the one hunting Bandejas in this round, as those calf kicks are keeping the taller fighter off balance. After chasing each other around the cage, this one goes to the judges.
Your winner by unanimous decision, Sergio Pettis!