UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Gegard Mousasi stepped out of the cage at Bellator 250 on Thursday, twice the mid-tier Bellator.
Mousasi (47-7-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) overcame, struggled and stabbed his way to a unanimous decisive victory over weightweight champion Bellator Douglas Lima (32-8 MMA, 14 -4 BMMA) with scores 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46.
The vacant mid-range title match was the main event for the Bellator 250 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. It aired on CBS Sports Network and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.
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Initially scheduled to take place in May 2019, the fight was postponed for 5 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the opening half, Mousasi used his muscles to pull Lima to the carpet. From there, he could hook one on Lima’s back. Mousasi hit Lima with occasional, but strong, head shots.
Round 2 is a standing battle over the first round. Mousasi watched Lima for the majority of the match. While Lima had some success with his counterattack, he found himself pushed into the fence at the end of the half.
Lima’s kicks in the foot came to life in the 3rd Half and produced the most successful foul he had ever made in the match up to that point. Mousasi, however, continued to step down into Lima. Mousasi’s stab spurred all the matches, but especially in the 3rd Half.
In round 4, both boxers have their own moments. Mousasi’s boxing combinations found their mark, but Lima’s counterattack was still effective. The two boxers exchanged brutal kicks, fighting for a round.
In the final round, Mousasi and Lima were back and forth on two feet. With 90 seconds left in the match, the Mousasi finally got the cleanliness he was looking for. Though he kept Lima for the remainder of the war, he was unable to commit any significant offense with it.
With the victory over Lima, Mousasi became the Bellator midsize champion for the second time. Mousasi has won nine of his 10 past matches since February 2016. His lone defeat came to Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 200 in June 2019. This defeat lost Mousasi’s 8-win streak.
After Lovato’s performance for the title against Mousasi, the mid-tier champion was diagnosed with a brain problem that prompted him to retire. As a result, the belt was left vacant prior to the main event of the Bellator 250.
In the defeat, Lima’s streak of three consecutive wins was cut off. Since 2012, Lima has lost only three times.
The full results for the Bellator 250 include:
- Gegard Mousasi def. Douglas Lima passed a unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – to win the title of the vacant medium
- Henry Corrales protested. Brandon Girtz approves a split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
- Dalton Rosta protested. Ty Gwerder approves unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jake Hager protested. Brandon Calton approves a split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Sabah Homasi de. Bobby Voelker through knockout (fly by knee) – Round 2, 0:20
- Protested Johnny Eblen. Taylor Johnson approves a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Adam Borics protested. Erick Sanchez approves a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Cody’s Law defines. Orlando Ortega approves the submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:41