MMA middleweight champion Gegard
Mousasi utterly dominated Rory
MacDonald in the superfight main event of
Bellator 206 on Saturday at the SAP Center in San Jose,
MacDonald, the current promotional welterweight titlist, could not
get past the Dutchman’s reach and never found any rhythm to his
offense. “The Dreamcatcher” peppered the Canadian with stiff jabs
and leg kicks, but when MacDonald (20-5) missed a rolling leg lock
attempt in the second round, he was doomed. Mousasi (45-6-2) wound
up on top, moved to full mount and unloaded a thunderstorm of
elbows. “The Red King” could not defend himself, and after about a
dozen or so elbows connected, referee Herb Dean had
to halt the mugging.
The end came at 3:23 of the second, allowing Mousasi to retain his
Fighting at heavyweight and well past their primes, the two
all-time greats took a little while to get started, but when they
did, it was like the old days. “Rampage” was the far more powerful
of the two, as he rocked Silva on numerous occasions with punches
to the head. “The Axe Murderer” constantly stood his ground and
delighted the crowd by standing toe-to-toe multiple times in the
second round. Jackson (38-13) detonated his vaunted right hand on
Silva’s jaw at the midway point but could not put him away with his
follow-up barrage. Shortly thereafter, the Memphis, Tennessee,
native dropped Silva with another crushing right and kept hammering
away with punches until referee Mike Beltran pulled him off.
The end came at 4:32 of the second round, leaving their
head-to-head series tied at 2-2.
After the rivals fought mostly in the clinch for four-plus
uneventful rounds, Lima (30-7) closed the show in the fifth. With
“The Spartan” on the canvas in turtle position, the Brazilian
seized his back, set his hooks and locked in a textbook rear-naked
choke. Koreshkov could not defend it, refused to tap and eventually
went to sleep.
Pico rocked “Pitbull” with a flurry of punches to the head and then
dropped him with a right hook to the jaw. Higo (18-5) was in
serious peril while the Californian unloaded a tsunami of punches
from on top, but the Brazilian somehow managed to spring back to
his feet. From there, Pico leveled Higo with punches again and
slammed fists into his head until referee Mark Smith finally ended
The end came 3:19 into the fight, as Pico soared to 4-1 in
Melendez utilized a much more diverse striking attack early, but
Zimmerman (0-1) nearly scored the upset by catching the Californian
in a deep armbar late in the first round. Melendez was saved by the
bell and wound up doing just enough on her feet over the final two
frames to win a split decision.
One judge saw it 29-28 for Missouri’s Zimmerman, but that card was
overturned by the other two cageside officials who turned in scores
of 29-28 for Melendez (3-0).
Rising prospect Gaston
Bolanos once again was impressive, as he scored his fourth pro
knockout in the opening bout on the Bellator 206 main card.
Bolanos, a longtime muay Thai specialist, took his time by picking
Gutierrez with kicks to the legs and sharp punching upstairs.
Gutierrez (4-3) was never allowed to find his rhythm in the
featherweight contest and was eventually felled by a left hook
behind the ear. Once Gutierrez collapsed, “The Dreamkiller” pounced
on him and tore into his woozy foe with punches until referee Mike
Beltran had no choice but to intervene.
The end came at 1:37 of the second round, moving the Peruvian
striker to 4-1.