The Mohegan Sunshine Arena in Uncasville, Conn. performed host to Thursday’s Bellator 250: Mousasi vs. Lima struggle card. The vacant middleweight title was up for grabs in the major celebration in between recent welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former middleweight titleholder Gegard Mousasi. Rafael Lovato Jr. vacated the title in February just after being diagnosed with cerebral cavernoma.
Mousasi was seeking to get back the title Lovato Jr. took from him at Bellator 223 whilst Lima was out to grow to be a two-division Bellator winner. At the end of the evening, Mousasi experienced the belt all-around his waistline.
In the opening spherical, Mousasi controlled the distance holding Lima within boxing array and not letting the Brazilian too a lot room. He outworked Lima with a lot more output and secured two takedowns in the round. On the floor, Mousasi inflicted harm with punch and elbows.
Mousasi ongoing to control the distance in the 2nd round, but Lima started connecting with leg kicks. It was his most successful weapon and he went to it around and over in the third round.
In the fourth frame, Mousasi was pressured to change stances to defend his damaged leg. For the initially time in the battle, Lima was moving Mousasi back again. In the final round, Lima seemed to be the fresher fighter.
Lima ongoing to target Mousasi’s legs and it was opening up chances to land punches. Mousasi was in survival method. He caught a leg kick and took Lima down. He didn’t do significantly on the ground but journey out the remainder of the round but it was adequate to acquire.
“I did not want to waste far too significantly electrical power. I felt like I was successful the rounds. He wasn’t pushing definitely the pace. I was pushing him backwards, so I was winning the rounds. I didn’t really feel like it was vital to take him down. Of class, at the end, I believed this may be fantastic,” Mousasi stated following the combat. “I took him down to secure the spherical and get the gain.”
Mousasi admitted that Lima harm him poorly with leg kicks. He also admitted to riding out the clock in the ultimate spherical.
“I didn’t acquire any unwanted hazards mainly because when you’re close he’s quite very well with his hooks. One particular punch can end it. I was scoring with the jab. I realized I had 4 rounds at least, and the past spherical I secured the takedown. I cruised to the victory, but you can never ever rely out the guy. He’s a phenomenal fighter,” he stated.
Bellator 250 Total Benefits:
- Gegard Mousasi def. Douglas Lima by unanimous selection (48-47, 49, 46, 49-46)
- Henry Corrales def. Brandon Girtz by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
- Dalton Rosta def. Ty Gwerder by unanimous conclusion (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jake Hager def. Brandon Calton by split selection (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Sabah Homasi def. Bobby Voelker by KO (flying knee and punches) at :20, R2
- Johnny Eblen def. Taylor Johnson by unanimous conclusion (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Adam Borics def. Erick Sanchez by unanimous selection (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Cody Legislation def. Orlando Ortega by submission (D’Arce choke) at 2:31, R1