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Bellator 206 results: Gegard Mousasi stops Rory MacDonald with ground strikes

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Gegard Mousasi dominated Rory MacDonald with strikes in the Bellator 206 main event.

Bellator 206’s main event concluded with Gegard Mousasi stopping Rory MacDonald with ground strikes in the second round to retain his middleweight belt. Mousasi has now won eight-straight fights and solidifies himself as one of the elite middleweight talents that planet Earth has to offer. In his post-fight interview, Mousasi expressed that Rafael Lovato Jr. deserves the next shot at his belt, and then he would like to rematch Lyoto Machida, with the caveat being proper drug testing. As for MacDonald, the welterweight champ is slated to defend his 170 pound title against Jon Fitch in the opening round of Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix.

There wasn’t much feeling out going on to begin the battle with each man meeting in the middle to trade. Mousasi landed the first meaningful strike, which was a right hand that backed off MacDonald. The jab of Mousasi was jousting the face of MacDonald, which was setting up the straight right hand and keeping MacDonald on the defensive.

Mousasi returned to his lightening jab in the second frame, but a botched takedown from MacDonald brought the fight to the ground. Several ground strikes scored for Mousasi which opened up the nose of MacDonald. From the full mount, more vicious elbows from Mousasi blasted down onto the face of MacDonald, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.

Gegard Mousasi def. Rory MacDonald by TKO at 3:23 of round 2: Middleweight Title