Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Bellator welterweight champion Rory McDonald headlined Bellator 206 in a champion vs champion fight.
McDonald moved up a weight class to challenge Mousasi for the middleweight title. He was hoping to become the first two-division champion in Bellator history. Both are the top of the food chain of their respective divisions and both men have very accomplished careers. The two former UFC fighters seem to have found greener pastures in Bellator and this was a huge fight for both.
One of the main topics of discussion coming into this fight was the potential size difference between the two fighters. McDonald walks around at the middleweight limit of 185 pounds while Mousasi cuts down from around 205 pounds to make the middleweight limit. Was the size difference in this fight or could McDonald use his wrestling and grappling ability to claim his second Bellator title?
It turned out that size mattered. The first round saw Mousasi look sharp working behind a solid jab. He was able to land it consistently and it seemed to stifle McDonald. It didn’t seem McDonald had an answer for Mousasi’s solid jab.
His work on the feet forced McDonald to try and go to the ground.
In the second round, McDonald tried to take Mousasi down and that ended up being a huge mistake. Mousasi was able to end up on top and then began to work his way past McDonald’s guard eventually ending up in full mount. At this point, Mousasi began to rain down punches which McDonald has no answer for. He curled up and rolled to his side as Mousasi continued to drop bombs on a bloodied McDonald. The ref had seen enough and stopped the fight.
No one expected McDonald to get dominated as he did. Mousasi was on point in the stand-up and on the ground. McDonald seemed to wilt as soon as Gegard took the mount. He held on for dear life to his waist without making any real attempt to get out. It was quite surprising to see how this fight played out. Not necessarily the result but how easy Mousasi made it look.
It was a masterful performance by Mousasi, and it will be interesting to see how he looks when he fights a regular middleweight his next fight out. That could be the answer as far as how big of a role size played.
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It was a perfect performance by Gegard Mousasi.
Mousasi now has a potential matchup against Lyoto Machida, but he stated afterward he didn’t want to wait six months. McDonald meanwhile won’t have much rest as he will be back in action soon against Jon Fitch as part of the Bellator one million dollar welterweight tournament.
Overall it was a great debut for Bellator on DAZN. There were some great fights that took place and all of the fighters came to put on a show and you can’t ask for more than that.
You can see the full results from the event below.
Bellator 206 Results:
Gegard Mousasi def. Rory MacDonald via second-round TKO (3:23)
Rampage Jackson def. Wanderlei Silva via second-round TKO (4:32)
Douglas Lima def. Andrey Koreshkov via sub (RNC) (R5, 3:04)
Aaron Pico def. Leandro Higo via first-round TKO (3:19)
Keri Melendez def. Dakota Zimmerman via split decision
Gaston Bolanos def. Ysidro Gutierrez via second-round TKO (1:37)
Adam Piccolotti def. James Terry via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Jeremiah Labiano def. Justin Smitley via first-round TKO (3:28)
Arlene Blencowe def. Amber Leibrock via third-round TKO (1:23)
Josh San Diego def. Joe Neal via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Cass Bell def. Ty Costa via submission (armbar) (R2, 3:06)