Gegard Mousasi outpointed, grappled, and jabbed his way to a unanimous decision victory over Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima.
The scores at Bellator 250 were 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46 in his favour.
The vacant middleweight title bout was the Bellator 250 main event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Originally scheduled to take place in May 2019, the fight was postponed five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the opening round, Mousasi used his muscle to drag Lima to the mat. From there, he was able to get one hook in on Lima’s back. Mousasi hit Lima with infrequent, but hard, punches to the head.
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Round 2 was more of a standup battle than the first. Mousasi stalked Lima for much of the round. While Lima had some success with his counter-striking, he found himself being pushed against the fence again late in the round.
With the victory over Lima, Mousasi became the Bellator middleweight champion for the second time. Mousasi has won nine of his past 10 fights dating back to February 2016. His lone loss came via a majority decision to Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 200 in June 2019.
In defeat, Lima’s three-fight winning streak is snapped. Since 2012, Lima has only lost three times.
Mousasi was so confused. pic.twitter.com/EmjuPL4tdf
— mma 21+ ⚉ (@mma21plus) October 30, 2020
Full Bellator 250 results:
Gegard Mousasi def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – to win vacant middleweight title
Henry Corrales def. Brandon Girtz via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
Dalton Rosta def. Ty Gwerder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jake Hager def. Brandon Calton via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Sabah Homasi de. Bobby Voelker via knockout (flying knee) – Round 2, 0:20
Johnny Eblen def. Taylor Johnson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Adam Borics def. Erick Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cody Law def. Orlando Ortega via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:41