Ruth (7-1) meets Jackson (10-3) in a welterweight bout at Bellator 231 on Oct. 25 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. MMA Fighting confirmed the matchup with officials following an initial report by MMA Junkie.
A highly touted prospect who was a three-time national wrestling champion at Penn State, Ruth bounced back from his first-ever loss by finishing veteran Kiichi Kunimoto with strikes in the second round of their contest at Bellator 224 this past July. The 28-year-old has spent his entire promotional career under the Bellator banner thus far.
Jackson (also 28), a Legacy Fighting Alliance standout perhaps best known for his time as a cast member on the 21st season of , is currently on a three-fight win streak. He knocked out Jordan Larson inside of a round at Bellator 204 last August and picked up two wins with LFA after that.