Bellator London Results: Rafael Lovato Jr defeats Gegard Mousasi (Highlights)

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The middleweight title is on the line in the main event of Bellator London as Gegard Mousasi takes on undefeated challenger Rafael Lovato Jr.

Mousasi (45-6-2) returns to action for the first time since defeating Rory MacDonald via TKO at Bellator 206 this past September.

The reigning Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, will enter tonight’s contest on an eight fight winning streak, which includes victories over Thales Leites, Thiago Santos, Vitor Belfort, Uriah Hall, Chris Weidman, Alexander Schlemenko and Rafael Carvalho.

Meanwhile, Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0) enters Bellator London on the heels of a third round submission victory over John Salter.

Rafael has gone a perfect 5-0 under the Bellator banner, earning three submission victories and one TKO during that stretch.

Round two highlights:

Round three highlights:

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Gegard Mousasi was able to drop Rafael Lovato Jr early in round four, but the undefeated challenger was to fight through the adversity to see a fifth and final round.

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Lovato Jr was able to score a takedown and take Mousasi’s back in round five. After landing some nasty elbows, Rafael locked in a body triangle. However, the savvy veteran, Mousasi, managed to survive to hear the final horn and so we went to the judges scorecards for a decision.

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Official Bellator London Result: Rafael Lovato Jr def. Gegard Mousasi via majority decision (47-47, 48-47 x2)

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com June 22, 2019