A tasteful appetizer was served during today’s BELLATOR MMA media day, as fighters from the BELLATOR 283: Lima vs. Jackson event shared their anticipation for their fight night this Friday, June 22.

The event will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. 

The preliminary fight card will begin at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT, and will be distributed on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, and Pluto TV.

Here’s what the fighters had to say:


“I mean, it’s better. I’m more used to the main events. I’ve done them a lot more here with BELLATOR, and with the five rounds, it’s got a title shot feeling. I would prefer to be the main event any day. It’s good.”

“If I don’t have the belt around my waist, I still have a lot of work to do. The goal is always to be the champion. It’s my passion. It’s what I love doing.”

“Jason is a great fighter. All my respect to him, as well. We never had any bad trash talk or anything like that. He’s a young guy who wants to get his shot. He’s doing well in BELLATOR, he has five straight wins. I know he wanted this fight, and here we go.”

“I think it’s the fight game. Fighting nothing but the best competition, fought at different weight classes. Can’t let that get you down. I’m just as excited as ever. In the back of my head, it’s like, ‘Come on, three losses already?’ But, I don’t let it get to me.”

“I thought this fight would eventually happen. He’s been doing really good, he’s been winning, and he’s in the Top 5 now. We make a good matchup, me and him. Good timing for him. He’s looking for that title shot, and I’m looking for the title shot again, so it’s good timing.”

“Nowadays, it’s difficult to finish a fight. Even if you control the hard fight, it’s hard to finish somebody. Of course, we always want the finish, so we’ll be looking for that. We never want to leave it to the judges, especially after what happened in the last fight. I’ve been looking for a finish, and we’ll get it this time.”

“I don’t mind what people say. ‘Gatekeeper.’ No, I’m here to be the champion. Even after all these losses, I know I’ve still got it. I’ve been here before. I don’t care about what people say, it matters what I think.”

“A lot of times, people just see the results. They don’t see the opponent, or how the fight went. First was Mousasi, a guy who’s been on the top of the world in a higher weight class. My last fight was a split decision that could’ve gone either way. You can’t let comments like that bring you down. As long as I’m healthy and training hard, they can say whatever they want — I know what I have.”

“As I get older, the weight cut gets harder. I’ve thought about going to middleweight. If my weight keeps going up and the cuts keep getting harder, we might consider going up again.”


“Douglas Lima is a gatekeeper. If you can beat a guy like that, it shows your worth. My opponent is a great guy, a great person, a great father; great fighter. Once I get my hand raised, it’s gonna be awesome. I’m going to surprise the world. I can’t wait to prove to myself and the world that I’ve improved and I’ve grown as a person inside and outside of the cage.”

“Yes, absolutely. He’s dangerous. It doesn’t matter what given time. Douglas Lima was one of the best at one time. He’s a knockout artist. He can do it all. I take this fight seriously, just like any opponent. I take nothing away from Douglas; he’s still great”

“Nothing makes sense [but a title fight], unless ‘MVP’ comes back from bare-knuckle. Nothing behind – I’m not looking behind. Title fight: that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

“Getting my hand raised. I could tell you I’m going out there to knock him out, and I might submit him. I could tell you I’m going to go out there and submit him, and I might knock him out. Win, win, win, no matter what. No matter what it is, win it.”

“BELLATOR gave me my start, so I’m very grateful for everything. Every opportunity I get to represent, I’m going to represent BELLATOR.”

“I want to have a good life just like every other fighter that makes it. I want to have a legacy. I love to fight. I want to do it all. I’m not gonna sit here and tell you I don’t want everything that comes with it, except for the fame. I don’t really care about the fame.”

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“I’m feeling great. Obviously, we had a little switching of the opponent. But we prepare for everybody. It was a little sad, but I could just be out of a fight and not fighting, so I’m grateful they found me an opponent. I’m just happy that with that time span, they were able to find me an opponent. That’s pretty hard.”

“I didn’t want to wait when I was done with my last fight; I was ready immediately. I’m really, really happy I’m fighting. I’m not a guy that wants to take “smart” fights and be 18-0 with 16 bums and two real fighters. I want to continue fighting tough guys. You only get your best Sidney when you’re fighting the best guys.”

“He fought ‘Pitbull’ and went a decision. He’s a striker. That’s about it. All I know is, the way for him to win is to get lucky with a punch. So, I have to take that off the table for him.”

“One thing I know to be true is God, and He does everything. His will is going to happen whether you like it or not. My coaches tell me, ‘Hey, prepare for everybody. For anybody.’ That’s my mindset: anybody, anytime. Nothing was handed to me. I’m not fighting bums. I think I’m paying with the correct currency: hard work, and dedication.”

“I trust in God, I trust in my own skillset, and then I let my coaches tell me and bring it with me into the cage.”


“It’s a surprise to me that [the fight with Sidney Outlaw] happened, but for me, it does not matter who I am going to fight. I came to win.”

“I wrote my history [against ‘Pitbull’] once, and I hope that same thing will happen again.”

“Everything is okay here, and BELLATOR is taking care of me as much as possible. Every fighter wants to fight with a strong promotion, and I was very happy to hear that BELLATOR would sign me. I thank BELLATOR for signing me to the promotion. Every fighter wants to be where I am now. I will do my best to perform well in BELLATOR.”

“I have spent a lot of time in the US training with famous fighters, but this is the first time I will fight here. I hope it will be interesting. After this fight, I hope that American fans will love me here, too. I hope they’ll remember me as a great fighter.”

“I respect everyone. I always want to fight a strong opponent and a famous fighter, and I want to leave a legacy where I am remembered as a great fighter.”

“I thank BELLATOR for signing me to the promotion. Every fighter wants to be where I am now. I will do my best to perform well in BELLATOR.”


“I’m ready. I’m feeling good, everything is good. I’m excited.”

“[Having so many AKA fighters on the card] is amazing. We work so hard, and I think everybody’s ready. Friday night, we’re gonna show how we work in the gym.”

“Come on, brother. He has like seven fights, I have 14 fights. I don’t know why he says I haven’t fought anyone. We’re going to wait, then we’ll see.”

“I think I’m close [to a title shot]. Why not? I have a fight. I need to think about my fight, not that.”

“I’ve picked up a couple of wins in BELLATOR, but I haven’t fought a ranked opponent yet. I think everyone in the Top 10 is tough.”

“Obviously, Khabib was a big part of my camp. He gave me a lot of good advice. Khabib’s always in my corner. I feel good when he’s in my corner.”

“I’m not looking for anything specific, I’m just getting ready to fight. During the fight, I will look for opportunities to finish the fight and take advantage of it.”


“I feel good right now. Weight’s good. Me and the team went for a run this morning, feeling good. Got done with the last fight, stayed in camp, and I got the weight down because I knew I wanted to fight at 170. Camp’s been good; now I got a six-pack. It’s probably the best my body’s looked at 170, in terms of how I feel.”

“When I signed with BELLATOR, I told them that I don’t mind fighting at both weights. But for me, there’s a point. There are some big 185ers out there, and I’m not keen on that. If it’s a fun fight that the fans are excited about at 185, I’m down for him. But I’m at 170. I’m not scared of taking fights at 185, but 170 is my home.”

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“My coaches know way more than me. I know he’s undefeated, I know he’s tough. He’s a tough guy, and I know he’s a tough opponent. He’s one of those dark horses that not of the top guys want to fight at the moment.”

“I like it, man. I don’t mind taking the fights that no one else wants to take. That’s how I’ve always felt. I’ve never taken the easy way in my career. This is what I thrive on. The up-and-coming guys coming in, nobody wanting to take these fights. This is what I fight for.”

“My goal is three fights this year, so that’s what I’m trying to do. What motivates me? Just keep fighting and winning and getting paid. That’s what it’s all about.”

“I always want it to end earlier, but my body is ready for 25 minutes. However the fight goes. If it ends early, that just means I get to start partying earlier. It felt good [last time], and it’s no disrespect to Kyle Stewart because he’s a tough fighter, but I can’t take too much credit for that win. I’m a top-tier fighter, and he took that fight on short notice. For me to take pride in beating somebody after I’ve had a great camp and someone took it on short notice, it’s a good win but I was prepared for that, and he wasn’t.”


“I feel like a million bucks. Great training camp. I worked the hardest I’ve ever worked, so I’m excited to reap the benefits in a few days. Deep down I know, that as long as I put in the work, it’s hard for me not to be confident. Now, it’s my time.”

“I’ve been watching this guy since he made his debut. I study all the heavyweights in the BELLATOR division. I’m his toughest test.

“I’m patient, but I know my time is coming. I’m the guy that’s gonna run through the heavyweight division. That’s why no one calls me out when I fight, and I call everyone out. I don’t see anyone in the division who wants it more than I do.”

“Christian Edwards was one of my training partners in this camp. I brought Coach Jackson, Cach Wink, and my striking coach, Alex.”

“Yes, I was. I don’t know how someone who just runs around and lands pitter-patter kicks could win a round, but they came together and made the right decision. I think the biggest thing I learned is just to be patient, not to force a highlight-reel moment. I think that’s the biggest thing I learned in my last fight.”

“I’m looking to go out there and dominate. I’m looking to make a statement. I know this is a good guy to add to my record. I know I need to get to a point where guys have to fight me. I’m coming to take guys’ heads off.”


“I’m feeling good. Everything’s a lot more lax, knowing I’ve got my team with me.”

“If it’s the fourth time, I’m just now knowing about it. I signed to fight him in January and ended up failing my COVID-19 test, but I signed to fight him again. I remember when they came at me with it last year, I had a choice between him or Johnny Eblen. This guy’s way easier than Johnny Eblen. I think he wrestled at a club team. Give me the easier matchup every time.”

“That’s great. I plan on being a boring wrestler in the fight, so it’s good that he knows what’s gonna happen. This is the fight game. It’s kind of fun. I come from the world of wrestling, where if you qualify for the tournament. MMA is dope. You can be whoever you want to be, get on social media and say whatever you want to say. I know that I’ve been on his radar for a lot longer than mine. For him, this is like his Super Bowl, but for me, it’s just a regular fight.”

“Same thing, Monday through Friday. Exact same thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I believe in my coaches and my training partners, and we’re ready to go. Nowadays when I’m coming in, I’m ready for everything.”

“It’s crazy. I just now realized it’s my five-year anniversary with BELLATOR this month. It’s cool that I’ve been here this long, and I’m ready to start getting ready for the top of the division and to get ready to bring back that belt. This is just another stepping stone for me. I’m doing everything to get myself ready for the belt. I plan on winning and dominating this fight and showing the promoter that it’s time to start putting me closer to the belt.”

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“We’re both coming in here 6-0 as far as the MMA cage, but nobody’s undefeated. I should be able to maintain that dominance throughout the fight; I’m the best wrestler in the division, and I believe that. If I want to take it to the ground, if I want to keep it standing, It’s basically whatever I decide to do.”


“I feel great. Everything went well from the camp to cutting weight right now. I’m prepared as well as I can be, and I’m going to have a dominant fight on Friday night. I think it’s going to go my way in dominant fashion.”

“It’s not personal. I’m having fun with it, though. He’s pulled out three times before. I was tired of wasting camps, having to fight people with different styles after preparing for him. He was trying to find ways to get out of the fight. He’s been fighting cans his whole career. He might feel confident, but we’ll see how confident he feels on Friday night. I’m not a can; this is a huge step up in competition for him.”

“I’ve had a lot of great partners to help me get ready in sparring. Our gym’s full of great wrestlers, great grapplers. I couldn’t be any more prepared than I am for Friday night. We prepared for some things he might do because of what I can, but I don’t think he’s evolved much. There’s a lot of weaknesses we think we can take advantage of.”

“It’s been great [with BELLATOR]. I had a great opportunity to debut with a promotion like BELLATOR, one of the best promotions in the world. This is my seventh fight coming up; I can’t complain about anything thus far.”

“He’s not exciting. All the dude does is wrestle and throw sloppy ground-and-pound. I don’t find that very exciting. With me, I can strike. I mix up the wrestling, constantly progressing on the ground. We’re both prospects, but I don’t think on his end there’s any excitement… He’s 6-0 as a pro as well, but he doesn’t have any amateur boxing or amateur MMA. He’s a good wrestler, but this is MMA. We’re gonna put that to the test.”


“I know he’s had a boxing career, an MMA career at 5-1. Seems like a tough guy, but that’s part of the sport; everyone’s tough. Same as usual, my hand getting raised. I don’t see it getting out of the first round.”

“I understand it’s a business; I’m still proving myself here [before facing a Top 10 opponent]. Eventually, they’re not going to be able to deny me… I got a few names on the list we’ll hear about after the fight. I’ve got a little post-fight speech ready to go.”

“I had a few rostered guys duck me. I know these guys don’t really want to fight me. They find excuses; I know they’re ducking. I know what I present as a threat. It’s just part of the game when you’re the best. A lot of people just don’t want to set up.”

“I possess something that a lot of guys don’t have. I believe in my power. I believe I can put someone out at any time. I feel like I’ve always had a love for it. No matter what sport I was in, I somehow or another always ended up in fights.”

“I feel like I’m just a gamer, man. I put in a lot of hard work on the day-to-day, and it’s all to show up and do the job, which I love to do. It’s natural. It’s in the blood.”

Friday, July 22 — 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Welterweight Main Event: #3-Douglas Lima (32-10) vs. #4-Jason Jackson (15-4)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: #1-Sidney Outlaw (16-4) vs. Tofiq Musayev (18-4)
Lightweight Bout: #3-Usman Nurmagomedov (14-0) vs. Chris Gonzalez (7-1)
Welterweight BoutLorenz Larkin (24-7) vs. Mukhamed Berkhamov (15-1)
Heavyweight Bout: #8-Davion Franklin (5-0) vs. Marcelo Golm (9-3)

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Middleweight Bout: #7-Romero Cotton (6-0) vs. #8-Dalton Rosta (6-0)
Flyweight Bout: #5-Veta Arteaga (6-4) vs. #7-Vanessa Porto (23-9)
Featherweight Bout: Akhmed Magomedov (8-0, 1 NC) vs. Kevin Boehm (9-4)
Lightweight Bout: #9-Gadzhi Rabadanov (17-4-2) vs. Bobby King (12-4)
Welterweight BoutRoman Faraldo (7-0) vs. Luis Iniguez (5-1)
Bantamweight BoutJaylon Bates (5-0) vs. Mark Coates (10-7)
160-lb. Catchweight BoutArchie Colgan (4-0) vs. Bryan Nuro (8-4)

*Card subject to change.