Former Penn State wrestling champ Ed Ruth will be taking on Legacy Fighting Alliance veteran Jason Jackson in a welterweight (170-pound) bout at Bellator 231 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday, October 25.
The 28-year-old Jackson brings a 10-3 record in a pro MMA career going back to April 2012. Known as "The Ass-Kicking Machine," Jackson is familiar to many MMA fans for appearing on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series (as it was called at the time) in 2017. More recently, Jackson had been competing for LFA (having won the welterweight title for that organization in July) but will be making his second appearance for Bellator, having signed a multi-fight deal with the organization earlier this month. Jackson is on a three-fight win streak, most recently earning a split decision victory earlier this summer.
Ruth, also 28, is a well-known, highly respected figure in the amateur wrestling community who has now made a name for himself in MMA. The three-time NCAA mat champ for the Nittany Lions has crafted a 7-1 MMA record since launching his pro career right from the start with Bellator in November 2016. Ruth's one loss: in the grand prix quarterfinals against Neiman Gracie. Since then, Ruth defeated UFC veteran Kiichi Kunimoto by second-round TKO at Bellator 224 in July ... and was granted a contract extension with Bellator just two weeks ago.
In addition to Ruth vs. Jackson, the Bellator 231 card will feature a heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.