Bellator has packed a great event for the fans visiting the Forum!
Five years after their first bout, Gegard Mousasi has finally got his revenge on former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, in Machida’s second Bellator appearance in a title-eliminator. Mousasi edged out Machida in a split decision, with two officials scoring the fight in his favor 29-28 and 30-27, with the third judge giving the fight to Machida by a score of 29-28.
However, that was enough to solidify Mousasi as the number 1 contender for the belt he recently lost to Rafael Lovato Jr. “I had to fight this way, I couldn’t take a lot of risks,” Mousasi said about his performance on Saturday night.
In the main event of the evening Patricio Pitbull has defended his featherweight strap defeating Juan Archuleta in the first round of the Featherweight Grand Prix by 49-46, 50-45 and 49-46 in his favor on the judges’ score cards.
In the other three remaining Grand Prix fights, A.J. McKee KOed Georgi Karakhanyan in only 8 seconds, while former bantamweight champion of the organization Darrion Caldwell and Daniel Weichel edged out unanimous decision wins and advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament which has 145 belt and $1 million dollars as a prize!
The approximate dates have been set and are as follows:
A.J. McKee vs. Derek Campos — Dec. 2019
Adam Borics vs. Darrion Caldwell — Jan. 2020
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Weichel — Feb. 2020
Patricio “Pitbull” vs. Pedro Carvalho — March 2020