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Dave Jansen Ready to Put Marcin Held in the Rear-View Mirror

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Coming off a seven-fight winning streak, Bellator lightweight Dave Jansen had visions of winning a title in mind when he took on Will Brooks just over a year ago.

Unfortunately for Jansen, Brooks got the better of him over the course of five rounds and he ended up losing via unanimous decision.

“I came out strong, maybe a bit too strong, and it was going my way until it wasn’t,” Jansen told MMAWeekly.com. “Will is a tremendous fighter and athlete, but it was my fight to win, and I didn’t. It was a really good learning experience. I’ve changed a lot of stuff up and have improved.”

One change that Jansen made was going from Sports Lab to Gracie Barra Portland, where he feels he’s been able to reconnect with what helped make him a successful fighter in the past.

“It’s been good for me,” said Jansen. “I’ve gotten back to my grappling roots. My jiu-jitsu has gotten a lot better. I feel good and confident about the move.”

Jansen (21-3) will look to get back on track on Friday in Boise, Idaho, in a long-awaited rematch with Marcin Held (21-4) in a main card 155-pound bout at Bellator 155.

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“I have to fight a smart fight and be wary of Marcin’s submissions,” Jansen said. “He’s good at leg locks, but he’s really good at triangle chokes and arm bars too. He’s show remarkable improvement in his stand-up game as well.

“For me to win, I have to do more damage and negate all of his skills.”

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Source:: mmaweekly