A new middleweight champion was crowned at today’s Bellator London event, as Rafael Lovato Jr defeated Gegard Mousasi via majority decision.
Lovato Jr entered tonight’s Bellator London main event sporting a perfect professional record of 9-0, which included five wins under the promotional banner.
Meanwhile, Gegard Mousasi entered tonight’s title bout on a eight-fight win streak which included wins over Vitor Belfort, Uriah Hall, Chris Weidman, Rafael Carvalho and Rory MacDonald.
The Bellator London main event proved to be a back and forth affair with both men coming close to finishing the fight.
Gegard Mousasi was able to drop Rafael Lovato Jr with a punch in round four (watch that here), but was unable to secure the finish.
Then, in round five, Rafael was able to take Gegard to the floor where he promptly took his back and locked in a body triangle. Despite eating some nasty elbows, Mousasi was able to survive to hear the final horn.
After five rounds of grueling action, the Bellator London main event went to the judges scorecards for decision.
Two of the judges scored the fight 48-47 in favor of the challenger, while one judge had the bout ruled a draw at 47-47. With that said, Rafael Lovato Jr was crowned the new Bellator middleweight champion by way of majority decision.
Check out how the MMA Community reacted to Rafael Lovato Jr dethroning Gegard Mousasi at tonight’s Bellator London event below:
Lovato was the second-ever non-Brazilian to become world champion in jiu-jitsu as a black belt, after B.J. Penn. What a win for the jiu-jitsu community.
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) June 22, 2019
AND NEW!! 🏆 Rafael Lovato Jr def Gegard Mousasi to become the Middleweight Champ at #BellatorLondon
— Jade Morris (@JadeMorrisMMA) June 22, 2019
Big upset alert as Rafael Lovato Jr. defeats Gegard Mousasi to become the new Bellator middleweight champ. Lovato Jr. closed as a +325 dog
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) June 22, 2019
Remarkable heart shown by Rafael Lovato Jr. to overcome Gegard Mousasi in the final round after handily dropping rounds 3 & 4. Great fight. Wouldn't be surprised if they run that back. #BellatorLondon
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) June 22, 2019
Judges: 47-47, 48-47, 48-47 for the new Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr. Gegard Mousasi has lost his title. Big result.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) June 22, 2019
I'll be the first to admit I underestimated Rafael Lovato Jr. tonight. Thought Mousasi's experience and striking would be too much for him but kudos for a job well done.#BellatorLondon
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 22, 2019
Who would you like to see newly crowned Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr fight next, is an immediate rematch with Gegard Mousasi in order after tonight’s result? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com June 22, 2019