UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Douglas Lima failed to win the Bellator mid-range belt on Thursday, but if it was any consolation his opponent Gegard Mousasi would have been impressed.
Mousasi (47-7-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) defeated semi-mid-tier champion Bellator Lima (32-8 MMA, 14-4 BMMA by unanimous decision to win the empty middle of the match After the match, Mousasi made a surprise voice with Lima’s toughness and strength in the cage.
“(Lima is) a tough opponent,” Mousasi told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the press conference after the Bellator 250 match. “I probably underestimated him in the first place. He̵7;s in his prime. Beat him, I was more technical. That’s why I hit him. This is a guy in a period of prosperity. He’s hard to leave. I’d rather finish, but he won’t leave. After the first round, I knew this guy would stay for five (innings). “
In particular, Lima’s kick in the foot attracted Mousasi’s attention for 25 minutes. The new champion was clearly in pain during the post-match press conference, occasionally whining and whining while thinking about the match.
If the battle took place longer, Mousasi predicted that he would face a serious problem.
“In the last round, he hurt me,” said Mousasi. “I didn’t show it yet but I think I’d go limp if it happened a little longer. I know (that’s) five rounds, so I didn’t show and I kept fighting. “
As for what’s next, Mousasi says John Salter is his ideal next challenger, even though Bellator president Scott Coker laid the foundation for a move to light weight. Salter (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) has won three games in a row, including a win over Andrew Kapel at Bellator 244 in August.
“He’s next,” said Mousasi. “I definitely look forward to that battle.”
Bellator 250 took place on Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The main card is broadcast on CBS Sports Network after prelims on MMA Junkie.