The black belt in judo, former Strikeforce light-Hw and current Bellator Mw champion Gegard Mousasi entered this fight with a professional mma record of 45-6-2 (84% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.3 middleweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Robert Whittaker). He lost to Uriah Hall in their first fight in 2015 (Mousasi vs Hall I) but then he has won eight bouts taking revenge on Hall in 2016 (Mousasi vs Hall 2) and beating Rory MacDonald in his last one (Gegard Mousasi vs Rory MacDonald).
His opponent, the undefeated black belt in Bjj and former world jiu jitsu champion Rafael Lovato Jr, has a perfect record of 9-0-0 (89% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.24 in the same weight class. In his last three bouts he has won over Chris Honeycutt (Chris Honeycutt vs Rafael Lovato Jr), Gerald Harris (Rafael Lovato Jr vs Gerald Harris) and John Salter (Rafael Lovato Jr vs John Salter). Mousasi vs Lovato, main event of Bellator 223, is valid for the Bellator middleweight title(Mousasi’s second defense). Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Bellator 223 London: Mousasi vs. Lovato Jr.
Where: SSE Arena, London, England, UK
Division: middleweight (185 lbs, 84 kg)
Title: Bellator Middleweight World Championship
Mousasi’s previous fight: Gegard Mousasi vs Rory MacDonald
Lovato’s previous fight: Rafael Lovato Jr vs John Salter
Mousasi’s next fight: Gegard Mousasi vs Lyoto Machida 2
Mousasi vs Lovato full fight video:
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