A new challenger expects for the king | Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
The welterweight title will be on the line at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Bellator proceeds to roll 2021 with their well-assembled events, and this one is the same.
Douglas Lima (32-8) attracts his rugged durability and devastating strikes against Yaroslav Amosov (25-0), one of the very talented MMA grapplers the sport has seen in a long time. Amosov got here by outworking Gerald Harris, Erick Silva, Ed Ruth, Mark Lemminger and Logan Storley in his Bellator conduct, and knows he will have to rely more than ever on his own bread and butter.
Lima’s still caught the hands along with the takedown defense to stay ahead, but there is still the question of how long Lima will keep things upright. This is not your usual grappler — Storley, Ruth and Harris are extremely effective and strong wrestlers. Amosov still managed to come out on top in these experiences. There is also the fact that the man can take a shellacking and keep moving ahead, and his striking is fairly great. Amosov is not a strictly one-dimensional fighter, but he just happens to be very, very good and efficient at his most powerful asset.
Lima should be suitably prepared for this one, especially if he hopes to get the bitter taste of his loss to Gegard Mousasi from his mouth. His strength is still there, his struggle IQ remains good, along with his cardio and ability to control distance are still very good. This is clearly going to be an extremely strategic battle from begin to finish.
Paul Daley is too small for middleweight and also big for welterweight. What’s a British knockout artist with a penchant to do? You can talk to head honcho Scott Coker and have an informal set of 175lb struggles set up. And now Daley (43-17, two draws) meets Jason Jackson (14-4). Daley has won three straight, crushing Sabah Homasi and Saad Awad in the next round with his devastating power, while Jackson has used his control and fight IQ to win conclusions against Kiichi Kunimoto, Jordan Mein, Neiman Gracie and Benson Henderson.
Aaron Pico (7-3) meets English submission ace Aiden Lee (9-4), while Ty-wan Claxton (6-2) tries to rally from his decision loss to Jay Jay Wilson if he matches undefeated, hard-hitting LFA and Contender Series alum Justin Gonzales (11-0).
Cuba’s Gustavo Trujillo (3-1) has done both MMA and bare-knuckle boxing, and he is gonna want the grit and determination to live in his upcoming struggle against former LFA fighter Alex Polizzi (7-1). Polizzi is currently 1-1 in Bellator his last outing against Julius Anglickas after winning his introduction with the company against former middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho.
Recall Nick Newell (16-3)? ) He’s won two of his last three fights, and both of those were by submission. He welcomes Bobby King (9-3) into the Bellator cage, and he’s got a handful of finishes to his title as well.
Eventually, Amanda Bell (7-7) continues to alternate wins and losses, but it does not mean that she can’t swing the hammer and property fight-altering shots. She will be up against Sambo genius and former Fight Nights Global talent Marina Mokhnatkina (4-2). Mokhnatkina began off blazing with a 4-0 series of direct submisssions, but has fallen victim to the UFC’s Liana Jojua and fellow Bellator talent Janay Harding.
A scheduled connection between former Invicta champ Vanessa Porto and Ilara Joanne was rescheduled due to Porto not being medically cleared to the fight.
You can check out the weigh-ins here:
Douglas Lima (169. 75) vs. Yaroslav Amosov (170) – Welterweight title fight
Paul Daley (175) vs. Jason Jackson (175) – 175pound catchweight
Aaron Pico (145. 75) vs. Aiden Lee (145) – Featherweight
Demarques Jackson (170) vs. Mark Lemminger (170.5) – Welterweight
Kyle Crutchmer (170. 25) vs. Levan Chokheli (170) – Welterweight
Tywan Claxton (146) vs. Justin Gonzales (145) – Featherweight
Nick Newell (156) vs. Bobby King (156) – Lightweight
Lucas Brennan (146.5) vs. Matthew Skibicki (146) – 150lb catchweight
Marina Mokhnatkina (145.5) vs. Amanda Bell (145) – Featherweight
Gustavo Trujillo (205. 25) vs. Alex Polizzi (205) – Light heavyweight
Bellator 260 starts this Friday night using the prelims at 6: 00pm EST live on YouTube, followed by the primary card on Showtime beginning at 9: 00pm.