Bellator 200 paved the way for a superfight between newly-crowned middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight titleholder Rory MacDonald.
After dethroning Rafael Carvalho in the Bellator 200 main event at Wembley’s SSE Arena on Friday, ‘The Dreamcatcher’ took to the microphone to call out ‘The Red King’ in his post-fight interview with John McCarthy.
That’s when MacDonald, a former UFC title challenger, posted a response on Twitter and accepted Mousasi’s challenge.
@mousasi_mma congratulations on you dominant victory, @ScottCoker @rich_chou i know you wanted a title defense from me before challenging at middle weight. but myself vs @mousasi_mma is the fight to make right now, so lets make this happen!?— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) May 25, 2018
The back-and-forth between Mousasi and MacDonald caught the attention of Bellator president Scott Coker, who teased of a matchup between the former UFC contenders in the not too distant future.
“Rory was blowing my phone up, going ‘let’s do it’”, Coker said at a Bellator 200 post-event media scrum. “‘Like, I wanna get this fight done’. You know what, we’ll go back and we’ll see. We’re working on a few things to see if it all makes sense, but that fight will happen soon. I mean, it will happen one day. But how soon? I’m not sure.”
Bellator 200 was a huge success for the promotion, with four of the five fights on the main card ending via KO or submission. Former UFC light heavyweight standout Phil Davis kicked things off with a head kick knockout, and MMA veteran Mousasi closed the show with a first-round stoppage win over Carvalho and a new belt around his waist. Flamboyant striker Michael ‘Venom’ Page also dazzled fans in his co-headlining bout with David Rickels, forcing the American to quit after landing a crushing right hand in the second round.
For Bellator, the next two big fights for the promotion should be obvious: Mousasi vs. MacDonald and ‘MVP’ vs. Paul Daley. Mousasi-MacDonald in the main event, and MVP-Daley in the co-main event, would make for a blockbuster night of fights.