Jackson would go on to win the fight later that night, but the bad blood started well before the two got in the ring.
Jackson and Lawal exchanged heated words during their stare-down photo, resulting in Jackson shoving his opponent into a Bellator 120 security member.
The tension was still evident at the fight later that night. The two didn't fist bump or hug at the end of the fight as is customary.
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