Gegard Mousasi
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Takes step towards regaining title
MiddleweightBellator
September 30, 2019
Mousasi defeated Lyoto Machida via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at Bellator 228 on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calfornia.
ANALYSIS
Mousasi lost a five-round unanimous decision when the two fighters met under the UFC banner in February of 2014, but he was able to outpoint the 41-year-old in the rematch more than five years later. He dropped Machida multiple times in the fight, and even though he wasn't able to secure the finish, he was the clear winner here despite the "split decision" on the scorecards. Mousasi undoubtedly now has his sights set on champion Rafael Lovato Jr., who took the middleweight title from him last June. Mousasi has even gone as far as to say he'll retire if he's unable to finish Lovato, which only adds to the build-up for this fight.
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Loses middleweight strap in London
MiddleweightBellator
June 24, 2019
Mousasi lost to Rafael Lovato via majority decision (47-47, 47-48, 47-48) at Bellator 223 in Friday on London.
ANALYSIS
Mousasi finished off his UFC contract on a five-fight winning streak, and proceeded to pick up three consecutive wins to open his time with Bellator MMA. The 33-year-old suffered his first setback since 2015 on Friday, however, as the champion had a tough time against the grappling of Lovato. He was taken down and held down by Lovato early, and while most scorecards likely landed on Mousasi in Rounds 3 and 4, it simply wasn't enough to sway the judges in his direction. Considering Mousasi's pedigree and eight-fight winning streak, it wouldn't be surprising for Bellator brass to look to schedule an immediate rematch, especially given the close nature of this outcome.
Ready to defend title
MiddleweightBellator
March 29, 2019
Mousasi (back) will face Rafael Lovato at Bellator London on June 22, Chamatkar Sandhu of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This is a rescheduled middleweight title fight after Mousasi suffered a back injury and wasn't ready to defend his belt at Bellator 214.
Withdraws from title defense at Bellator 214
MiddleweightBellator
December 20, 2018
Mousasi will no longer defend his middleweight title against Rafael Lovato at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26 due to a back injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It appears Mousasi -- who defeated Rory MacDonald via second-round TKO in his first title defense in September -- will have to wait to defend his middleweight title for a second time. Specifics regarding the injury remain vague, so it's unclear when the 33-year-old will be cleared to return. At this point, the promotion has yet to determine whether Lovato will remain on the card following Mousasi's withdrawal.
Wins battle of champions against Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206
MiddleweightBellator
September 29, 2018
Mousasi defeated Rory MacDonald via TKO (punches) at 3:23 of Round 2 at Bellator 206 on Saturday in San Jose, Calif.
ANALYSIS
This really was a masterful performance from Mousasi. In the first round, he proved himself to be the better striker. He took MacDonald out of his game with a meaningful jab. The punch set up his other strikes, but it also landed hard on its own. In the second round, MacDonald rolled for a leg lock. Mousasi easily defended and went to work on top. He landed hard ground and pound, knifed through the guard, took the back and threw hard strikes until the referee was forced to stop the fight. There are very few middleweights on the Bellator roster who can compete with Mousasi. He will likely hold this belt for a long time.
Draws the Red King in September superfight
MiddleweightBellator
June 21, 2018
Mousasi will face Rory MacDonald in a middleweight superfight on Sept. 29 in San Jose, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
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.