Bellator 206: Mousasi Still Middleweight King
Rory MacDonald’s attempt to become a two-division Bellator champion is unsuccessful, as Gegard Mousasi gets the second-round TKO to retain the Bellator Middleweight Title in the main event of Bellator 206 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Mousasi worked his jab throughout the first. Not only did he keep the distance, but the jabs were so stiff they could clearly be seen damaging MacDonald. MacDonald did not do as much action in the first, feeling out Mousasi. MacDonald attempted a takedown early on in the second, but the defending middleweight champion got into the guard, raining down elbows.
Mousasi managed to transition into full mount, raining down more elbows and ground-and-pound until referee Herb Dean called a stop to the bout.
In the co-main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson evened up his legendary rivalry with Wanderlei Silva, stopping “The Axe Murderer” in the final minute of round two.
After a minute of circling, Silva missed a heavy right hand he loaded up on. Jackson tagged Silva and the two got into a clinch up against the fence for about 30 seconds. After more hesitation and wild missed shots, the two began to trade before Jackson landed an overhand before the action got going, with Jackson seemingly landing the cleaner shots. In the final 10 seconds, Silva broke away and didn’t answer Jackson’s taunt to meet him in the center of the cage and trade.
Silva rocked Jackson hard early on in the second round but failed to finish him off. But about a minute later, Jackson landed yet another overhand that rocked Silva, but Silva again clinched up with Jackson against the cage. The two managed to get into another brief exchange before a clinch again. But in the closing seconds of the round, Jackson nailed a left hook-right hand combo that sent Silva crashing to the canvas, which Jackson followed up with ground-and-pound until referee Mike Beltran stopped the fight.
Bellator 206 also featured the start of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, with Douglas Lima taking the rubber match in his rivalry with Andrey Koreshkov. After a quiet fight that featured a lot of clinching and grappling, as well as Lima leg kicks, Lima got the fight to the ground and got Koreshkov’s back, choking him into unconsciousness for the fifth-round submission win to move on in the tournament. Meanwhile, the highly-touted Aaron Pico continued his winning ways with a first-round knockout of Leandro Higo.
Bellator 206 Results:
Bellator Middleweight Championship: (c.) Gegard Mousasi def. (Welterweight Champion) Rory MacDonald via TKO (Rd. 2, 3:23)
Heavyweight: Quinton Jackson def. Wanderlei Silva via TKO (Rd. 2, 4:32)
Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round Bout: Douglas Lima def. Andrey Koreshkov via technical submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 5, 3:04)
Featherweight: Aaron Pico def. Leandro Higo via KO (Rd. 1, 3:19)
Women’s Strawweight: Keri Melendez def. Dakota Zimmerman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Featherweight: Gaston Bolanos def. Ysidro Gutierrez via KO (Rd. 2, 1:37)