UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Douglas Lima did not get the Bellator middleweight title on Thursday, but if it is any consolation prize, his opponent Gegard Mousasi was amazed.
Mousasi (47-7-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) defeated the Bellator welterweight champion Lima (32-8 MMA, 14-4 BMMA by unanimous choice to claim the promotion’s vacant middleweight belt. Following the battle, Mousasi voiced his shock with Lima’s toughness and power in the cage.
“(Lima was) a challenging opponent,” Mousasi informed reporters, which include MMA Junkie, at the Bellator 250 publish-struggle news conference. “I underestimated him in the starting, maybe. He’s in his prime. Beating him, I was additional specialized. That’s why I defeat him. This is a dude who is in his key. He’s tricky to put absent. I’d instead have a finish, but he would not go absent. After the to start with spherical, I understood this man was gonna continue to be for 5 (rounds).”
Lima’s leg kicks, in individual, caught Mousasi’s consideration more than the program of 25 minutes. The new champ was visibly hurting at the put up-combat information convention, once in a while groaning and moaning as he reflected on the bout.
If the struggle experienced long gone on for a longer time, Mousasi predicted he would’ve had a really serious difficulty.
“In the previous spherical, he damage me,” Mousasi reported. “I wasn’t displaying it but I assume I would have gone limping if it would’ve gone a very little little bit for a longer time. I understood (it was) 5 rounds, so I did not exhibit and I held fighting.”
As for what’s subsequent, Mousasi said John Salter is his best next challenger, inspite of Bellator president Scott Coker laying the foundation for a go up to mild heavyweight. Salter (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) has won three straight fights, such as a submission win over Andrew Kapel at Bellator 244 in August.
“He’s the future person,” Mousasi stated. “I’m unquestionably looking forward to that struggle.”
Bellator 250 took area Thursday at Mohegan Sunshine Arena. The primary card aired on CBS Sporting activities Community subsequent prelims on MMA Junkie.