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Gegard Mousasi    Bellator    Middleweight
Mousasi will face Rory MacDonald in a middleweight superfight on Sept. 29 in San Jose, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Mousasi exited the UFC on a five-fight winning streak and immediately kept it rolling under the Bellator banner. He defeated Alexander Shlemenko via unanimous decision in his company debut, then had much less trouble with Rafael Carvalho for the middleweight strap, defeating the former champion via first-round TKO (punches). He'll now welcome the challenge against the current welterweight champion in one of the best fights Bellator could make in 2018. He's slightly taller than MacDonald, but the two are equal in the reach department. Both have seen or approached the pinnacle of the sport, though one can argue that MacDonald has absorbed much more damage of late. The betting odds should be close for this one.
Rory MacDonald    Bellator    Welterweight
MacDonald (leg) will face Gegard Mousasi in a middleweight superfight on Sept. 29 in San Jose, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

MacDonald will get a chance to make history, as "The Red King" would become the first ever two-division champion under the Bellator banner with a win over Mousasi. He won't concede much of a size disadvantage despite moving up a weight class, as MacDonald is two inches shorter than Mousasi but both possess a 76-inch reach. Both athletes are riding multi-fight winning streaks, but it certainly can be argued that MacDonald has taken more damage, as many of his recent fights have been all-out wars against the likes of Douglas Lima, Stephen Thompson and Robbie Lawler. This is arguably the biggest fight Bellator can make right now, as both competitors are high-level and technical athletes that have flirted with title contention while with the UFC. MacDonald is also coming off a leg injury sustained in the Lima fight, but he will have had plenty of time on the shelf to recover prior to the fight this fall.
Robbie Peralta    Bellator    Featherweight
Peralta will fight Juan Archuleta at Bellator 201 on June 29th in California.

Fantasy Analysis

The 32-year-old veteran will be joining Bellator following stints with the UFC and a few other promotions. Peralta, most recently, secured a unanimous decision win over Shad Smith at the California Cage Wars, which snapped a four-fight losing streak. Despite the confidence booster, Peralta now matches up with Juan Archuleta, who has secured 13 straight victories and owns a career record of 18-1.
Juan Archuleta    Bellator    Featherweight
Archuleta will fight Robbie Peralta at Bellator 201 on June 29th in California.

Fantasy Analysis

Archuleta continues to dominate his opponents, winning each of his last 13 fights and owning an overall record of 18-1. The 30-year-old featherweight will be matching up with a fellow veteran of the Octagon in June, however, as his opponent, Robbie Peralta, is 32 years old and owns a career record of 19-8. Peralta has just one win over his last five fights, so Archuleta should have the advantage in terms of confidence and momentum. Most recently in March, Archuleta defeated William Joplin by unanimous decision at Bellator 195.
Kristina Williams    Bellator    Flyweight
Williams will fight Valerie Letourneau at Bellator 201 on June 29 in California, Alexander K. Lee of MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Since joining Bellator late last year, Williams has upset two competitors, now owning an undefeated record of 2-0. She first knocked out Heather Hardy in October and then most recently, earned a split decision win over Emily Ducote in March. Williams is now set to face off with yet another solid competitor in Valerie Letourneau, who's coming off a victory over Kate Jackson after switching to Bellator from the UFC. Letourneau has a career record of 9-6 and is much more experienced, so Williams will have her work cut out to keep her winning streak alive.
Valerie Letourneau    Bellator    Flyweight
Letourneau will fight Kristina Williams at Bellator 201 on June 29 in California, Alexander K. Lee of MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Letourneau was originally expected to battle Bruna Ellen in this event, but the latter was forced to withdraw due an injury, so Kristina Williams has now entered the pairing. Williams currently owns just two career fights with Bellator and despite winning both, Letourneau has a significant advantage when it comes to experience. After a three-fight losing streak forced Letourneau to leave the UFC, she recently got back on track with a unanimous decision victory over Kate Jackson following her switch to Bellator, so she'll look to build on that come June.
Rafael Carvalho    Bellator    Middleweight
Carvalho lost to Gegard Mousasi via TKO (punches) at 3:35 of Round 1 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

Carvalho was never really expected to become the Bellator middleweight champion. He was an underdog in his first three fights with the promotion, but he won all three and in the process claimed the title. However, his run of success came to an end here against Mousasi. He struggled to get any of his offense going. Mousasi eventually closed the distance, cut through his guard and finished him with strikes. Carvalho has proved that he is a quality middleweight, but Mousasi was by far the best fighter he had faced. It showed tonight.
Gegard Mousasi    Bellator    Middleweight
Mousasi defeated Rafael Carvalho via TKO (punches) at 3:35 of Round 1 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

When Mousasi left the UFC and signed with Bellator, many expected him to easily breeze through the Bellator middleweight division and take the title. Things got off to a rough start against former champion Alexander Shlemenko. However, Mousasi survived that fight and pulled out the decision. In this fight, he had a lot less trouble. About three minutes into the first round, Mousasi methodically score a takedown, moved to the mount and then turned on the punches for the stoppage. It was a vintage performance for the veteran, and he should take on a variety of challengers now.
Dave Rickels    Bellator    Lightweight
Rickels lost to Michael Page via TKO (punches) at 0:43 of Round 2 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

Rickels is normally game for a brawl, but Page turned out to be too slick for him. Rickels tried to walk his opponent down for the majority of this fight but it only got him into trouble. In the second round, Page caught him with a hard straight. It cut Rickels above the eye, and he asked the referee to stop the fight. Bellator always seems to have a need for Rickels. He will most likely win more than he loses, but at this point he is mostly a gatekeeper to the stars.
Michael Page    Bellator    Welterweight
Page defeated David Rickels via Submission (punch) at 0:43 of Round 2 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

Page finally returned to Bellator after sitting out all of 2017. He took a step up in competition here and picked up the win impressively. After Page dominated the first round with his exotic striking, he came out looking for more in the second. Rickels tried to walk him down, but he ended up eating a hard punch that cut him. He tried to stop the fight himself and the referee agreed. Page looked impressive yet again, an fans will certainly want to see him finally take on his rival Paul Daley.
Ashley Griffiths    Bellator    Welterweight
Griffiths lost to Aaron Chalmers via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:54 of Round 1 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

Griffiths came into this bout with a losing record, and he lost his Bellator debut late last year. He was clearly meant to be an opponent for his reality show opponent. Griffiths showed very little before submitting to the guillotine choke in the first round. In theory, this should end Griffiths' run in Bellator. However, he was brought back after falling quickly in his promotional debut.
Aaron Chalmers    Bellator    Strawweight
Chalmers defeated Ashley Griffiths via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:54 of Round 1 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

This fight was intended to be a showcase fight for a reality television star, and it ended up working out that way. Chalmers, who is a regular on the British show "Geordie Shore," picked up a submission victory via guillotine choke early in the first round. He turned professional in 2017 and has since gone 4-0 in his professional career. Scott Coker has a history of marketing fighters with appeal outside of fighting. It looks like Chalmers will be a regular on Bellator shows in the U.K.
Carl Noon    Bellator    Middleweight
Noon lost to Mike Shipman via TKO (punches) at 0:11 on Round 1 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

Noon ate one of the first punches of the fight and went down. He tried to strike on the bottom instead of defending. That strategy did not work out, and Shipman pounded him out for the stoppage. This was Noon's first bout since 2011, and he appeared to be rusty to say the least.
Mike Shipman    Bellator    Middleweight
Shipman defeated Carl Noon via TKO (punches) at 0:11 on Round 1 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

Since falling in his MMA debut, Shipman has finished all of his opponents. In this fight, he needed only 10 seconds to dispatch Noon. His first combination landed hard and dropped Noon. Shipman followed him to the ground and pounded out Noon. Shipman certainly cemented himself as a solid prospect with this awesome performance.
Anastasia Yankova    Bellator    Flyweight
Yankov lost to Kate Jackson via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.

Fantasy Analysis

Bellator seemed intent to promote Yankova in her early career with the promotion. However, in this fight, she faced her toughest fight to date and did not rise to the occasion. She struggled to stop the grappling attack of Jackson the entire fight. It is easy to say that Yankova is a striker and not prepared for a grappling battle. However, in her previous Bellator fights, she did a lot of her best work in the clinch and on the ground. She falls to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Bellator.