Gegard Mousasi Expected Rory MacDonald ‘Would Do More’ in Bellator 206 Title Fight

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Gegard
Mousasi
expected to emerge from Bellator
Bellator 206
with his hand raised. But he also expected a
little bit more resistance from Rory McDonald.

“The Dreamcatcher” dictated the action with his jab throughout
before finishing the fight with elbows and punches from full mount
3:23 into round two. Not only was Mousasi dominant, but MacDonald
never got untracked before the finish.

“I knew I was faster,” Mousasi said at the post-fight press
conference. “The game plan was to throw straight punches, no hooks,
and hurt him and make him come and maybe put pressure on him to
shoot and take over. Actually, the fight went pretty much the way
we planned.

“It surprised me he didn’t do much. He didn’t punch that much. I
was the more active fighter. He was the lighter fighter, I thought
he would do more.”

Mousasi has now won eight consecutive bouts, establishing himself
as one of the top middleweights in the world. That run includes
triumphs over MaDonald, Rafael
Carvalho
and Alexander
Shlemenko
under the Bellator banner. After besting “The Red
King,” Mousasi called for an immediate showdown with rising
contender Rafael
Lovato Jr.
– and also targeted a future clash with former UFC
foe Lyoto
Machida
.

Lovato is currently unbeaten in nine pro bouts and is coming off a
third-round submission of John Salter
at Bellator 205. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace has finished all but
one of his opponents inside the distance. Bellator President Scott
Coker seems to be on board with making Mousasi vs. Lovato next.

“That’s the fight that Gegard wanted,” Coker said. “He also wanted
to fight Machida. I think Lovato is right up there, one of the top
contenders to fight Gegard. Maybe we’ll put that fight together
because I know Gegard wants to fight right away.”





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