MacDonald Retains Title After Draw At Bellator 220

The first title fight in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix ends in a draw.

Welterweight champion Rory MacDonald went the distance against longtime veteran Jon Fitch in the main event of Bellator 220 and after five rounds, no winner was produced.

The fight ended in a majority draw with two of the three judges scoring the fight 47-47 and the third judge awarding it to Fitch with a 48-46 score. Despite Fitch being the only one with a favorable score, the fact that the fight ended in a draw meant that not only MacDonald retain the title, but also advances to the semifinals of the Grand Prix

Now that MacDonald advanced to the next round, he will take on Neiman Gracie on June 14 at Bellator 222 in Madison Square Garden. Whether or not MacDonald will be able to get ready for the fight in less than two months is another story as he appeared to be noncommittal when asked about his potential next fight.

In the co-main event, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeated Veta Arteaga to retain the Bellator Women’s Flyweight title, but the fight never had a definitive conclusion. Early in the third round, both women were on the ground with a Macfarlane on top. Macfarlane landed a brutal elbow to Arteaga’s forehead which caused a massive cut that covered Arteaga’s face in blood almost immediately. The fight was stopped and Macfarlane was declared the winner.


Bellator stars Benson Henderson and Phil Davis also picked up victories on the main card in separate bouts. Henderson narrowly defeated Adam Piccolotti by split decision to win his third consecutive fight while Davis picked up his first win in 11 months by beating Liam McGeary in a rematch of their 2016 fight for the Bellator Light Heavyweight title.

Bellator 220 Results:

Main Card
Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch fight to a majority draw (48-46 Fisch, 47-47, 47-47). MacDonald retains the Bellator Welterweight title and advances to the World Grand Prix semifinals
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defeated Veta Arteaga TKO, round 3, 1:50 to retain the Bellator Women’s Flyweight title
Benson Henderson defeated Adam Piccolotti by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Phil Davis defeated Liam McGeary by submission via jaw injury, round 3, 4:11
Gaston Bolanos defeated Nathan Stolen by TKO, round 1, 2:21

Prelim Card:
Aviv Gozali defeated Travis Crain by submission via rear naked choke, round 1, 1:25
Brandon Faumui defeated Chris Avila by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Matt Perez defeated Justin Tenedora by KO, round 1, 4:52
Cass Bell defeated Peter Ishiguro by KO, round 2, 2:59
Hyder Amil defeated Paradise Vaovasa by submission via rear naked choke, round 1, 2:34
Chuck Campbell defeated Bruno Casillas by KO, round 1, 1:45

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