Gegard Mousasi retained his middleweight title at Bellator 206 on Saturday night and, in the process, killed welterweight champ Rory MacDonald’s hope of becoming Bellator’s first two-division champion.
Mousasi(45-6-2 MMA) completely outshined MacDonald(20-5 MMA) in their main event bout. He was faster. He had the reach. He had better striking, and he knew it.
“I knew I had better standup, the reach advantage, speed advantage,” Mousasi said. “So my goal was to keep it in the standup, make him panic and go for the takedown.”
And that is exactly how the fight went. Mousasi implemented his game plan to perfection as MacDonald went for a takedown early in the second. Mousasi ended up on top of MacDonald and from there, it was ruthless,brutal ground-and-pound. Mousasi rained down a mixture of punches and elbows until merciful referee Herb Dean had seen enough and called the fight at 3:23 of the second round.
Both Mousasi and MacDonald came to Bellator from the UFC. Mousasi was on a five-fight win streak when he left the UFC as a free agent. He signed a six-fight contract with Bellator in July 2017 and won the Bellator middleweight strap in his second fight with the organization at Bellator 200, defeating Rafael Carvalho by TKO in the first round. His fight with MacDonald is his first title defense and marks his third Bellator bout.
MacDonald signed his multi-year contract with Bellator in August 2016. He left the UFC 9-4 and holds notable wins over current welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and Stephen Thompson.