There is a new welterweight champion of Bellator MMA, and his name is Yaroslav Amosov.
The Ukrainian fighter improved his record to 26-0 using a dominant wrestling game to earn a lopsided unanimous decision against Douglas Lima in the main event of Bellator 260 on Friday night. The event welcomed a limited number of fans back to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The pace started off as more of a feeling out process with the champion landing a pair of hard kicks. Amosov got his first takedown of the fight at the halfway point of the first and stayed heavy on top for the rest of the round as both fighters heard the chants from their fans.
Amosov was content to stand and strike with Lima for the first two minutes of the second round and got the better of the standup before taking Lima back down. The third round was quite similar to the first two, but the referee stood the fighters up before warning the challenger about punching to the back of the head. Lima then started to open up with body kicks and Amosov ended the round with a high kick attempt.
The challenger relentlessly worked for the takedown and got it to begin the championship rounds, which led to a chorus of boos from the crowd. Amosov landed elbows in Lima’s full guard as the champion once again spent the majority of the round on his back.
Lima was visually frustrated between the fourth and fifth rounds, and that frustration continued to show as Amosov landed another takedown. Lima did well to defend any major damage, before looking for an armbar in the final minute of the fight. Amosov was able to escape and end the fight on top. One judge gave Amosov a clean sweep, while the others scored it 49-46 for the new champion.
In the 175-pound catchweight co-main event, Paul Daley took on surging contender Jason Jackson. Early in the opening round, Daley seemed to get the fight he wanted: A standup battle. Jackson landed a big right hand before landing a takedown and ending the round on top.
Daley turned up the aggression in the beginning of the second before Jackson took him down once again, much to the chagrin of the fans in attendance. “Semtex” ultimately got back to his feet but that feeling wouldn’t last long as he, once more, ended up on his back.
The third round was almost a mirror image of the first two stanzas, albeit with Daley going for broke when he was able to stay vertical — which wasn’t for long. In the end, Jackson picked up his fifth straight win, sweeping all three scorecards.
Aaron Pico steamrolls, submits Aiden Lee
Featherweights Aaron Pico and Aiden Lee didn’t waste any time getting after it. Both fighters were aggressive early, Pico landed a quick takedown and Lee got back to his feet. Every time Lee threw a punch, Pico timed it perfectly and took his opponent down, answering with a relentless transition from ground and pound to submission attempts, which left Lee with a nasty cut above his eye after the opening round.
Pico’s grappling pressure continued on through the first three minutes of the second and the English fighter showed his toughness and made it to the third despite being thoroughly dominated. Pico continued his dominance in the third round, landing brutal knees to the body of Lee before getting the tap with an anaconda choke.
In the main card opener, Mark Lemminger snapped a two-fight skid by stopping Demarques Jackson in the second round with brutal ground and pound.
Check out the full Bellator 260 results below:
Yaroslav Amosov def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
Jason Jackson def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Aaron Pico def. Aiden Lee via submission (anaconda choke) - Round 3, 1:33
Mark Lemminger def. Demarques Jackson via TKO - Round 2, 3:36
Kyle Crutchmer def. Levan Chokheli via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Justin Gonzales def. Tywan Claxton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Bobby King def. Nick Newell via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Lucas Brennan def. Matthew Skibicki via submission (anaconda choke) - Round 1, 1:54
Marina Mokhnatkina def. Amanda Bell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alex Polizzi def. Gustavo Trujillo via submission (straight armbar) - Round 1, 4:22