Rafael Lovato showed the heart of a champion in winning the fight against Gegard Mousasi, at SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday.
The 35-year-old jiu-jitsu standout from Cincinnati won the first two rounds, seemed to fade as Mousasi (46-6-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) rallied over the past two, but then Lovato (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) buckled down and smothered Mousasi over a tremendous final round to take the decision and the championship.
The judges’ scores were 47-47, 48-47, and 48-47 for a majority decision.
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Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Gegard Mousasi via majority decision to win Bellator middleweight title (47-47, 48-47, 48-47)
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