Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald Bellator Superfight Set for Sept. 29
After weeks of flirtation and teases, we finally get the Bellator fight we all have wanted to see! Gegard Mousasi, Bellator’s middleweight champion, and Rory MacDonald, the company’s welterweight champion, are set to throw down on September 29th. This comes from newly hired ESPN MMA analyst, Ariel Helwani.
Both fighters are coming off wins to capture their respective belts. In January, MacDonald beat Douglas Lima in a hellacious battle to win Bellator gold. Now, MacDonald moves up to middleweight to challenge Mousasi, who just captured his belt in May. Mousasi beat Rafael Carvalho in May at Bellator 200. The announcement comes after Bellator and Scott Coker announced Rampage Jackson-Wanderlei Silva 4 will be at the San Jose event on the 29th of September as well.
A long time brewing…
After Mousasi won his belt, he went to call out MacDonald, calling him “Chicken Rory” and saying that’s the fight that he and the fans want. Rory MacDonald wasted no time after the fight pleading his case for the superfight:
@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
Ever since this tweet, fans have been salivating at the thought of “The Red King” moving up to middleweight and challenging for a second belt. With both fighters being the top of their division, not just in Bellator, but in all of MMA, it is the most anticipated fight the company can make. Both fighters are undefeated in Bellator at 2-0.
Mousasi went on to warn MacDonald to be cautious when moving up to middleweight from welterweight saying, “Listen, I’m no Michael Bisping. I know what GSP did, but believe me, I’m physically a lot stronger than Michael Bisping. Technically, I’m better. So it’s almost the same fight, GSP vs. Michael Bisping, but now it’s Rory against me,” on The MMA Hour back in May.
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