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Moving on, we head to the light heavyweight division, as former Strikeforce champion King Mo Lawal takes on late-notice fighter and UFC vet Dustin Jacoby. Jacoby replaces Marcus Sursa and Tom DeBlass, who both bowed out of the contest due to injuries.
Lawal has failed to find consistency in his Bellator career and does not yet have a key win that he can hang his hat on. Though he has won a tournament and a title fight, he has gone 4-3 with the company, losing to now-champ Emanuel Newton twice and rival Rampage Jackson in his most recent bout.
He has relied more on his boxing as of late, though one would argue his wrestling is where he should continue to focus his attention. His top game has led him to victory many times, including bouts against Jacob Noe, Seth Petruzelli and numerous Strikeforce opponents.
Jacoby is a striker who continues his return to MMA after a lengthy stint in pro kickboxing. He is a two-fight UFC veteran who failed to win there, though he has shown to be a valuable fighter in his time outside the company.
He is coming off a win on August 22 in Titan FC, where he leveled Lucas Lopes with a nasty head kick and punches. He will need to stick and move on Lawal, who can not only take him down but also use hand combinations and power to hurt him.
Jacoby has a striker's chance, as seen in Lawal's first loss to Newton via spinning backfist. However, Lawal is just on another level, though he has been inconsistent lately. Expect a heavy dosage of takedowns and ground-and-pound en route to a win for Lawal.
Prediction: Lawal def. Jacoby via decision