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Bellator London: Gegard Mousasi defends against Rafael Lovato Jr.

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Bellator will head abroad to the U.K. in June where middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) will defend against undefeated Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0-0) in the main event.

The matchup was initially targeted for Bellator 214 in January, but Mousasi pulled out with a back injury.

President Scott Coker confirmed in a recent Odeon Luxe Leicester Square press conference that the SSE Arena in Wembley will provide the setting for the event.

Mousasi, 33, is coming off a convincing win over welterweight champion Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 last September. His current eight fight win streak goes back to his UFC days in 2016.

Meanwhile, Lovato, 35, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) expert will likely look to take the fight to the ground. He submitted John Salter in his last bout at Bellator 205 last September.

Bellator London will be a dual broadcast event. This means that Sky Sports and Channel 5 will share broadcasting with Sky Sports airing from 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. BST. Channel 5 will take over from 10 p.m. and 12 p.m. BST. The Paramount Network and DAZN will air the event in North America.

Other scheduled bouts include:

Middleweight World Title Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0)

Welterweight Bout: Paul Daley (40-17-2) vs. Erick Silva (20-10, 1 NC)

140-lb. Catchweight Bout: James Gallagher (8-1) vs. Jeremiah Labiano (12-6)

160-lb. Catchweight Bout: Aaron Chalmers (4-1) vs. TBD

Women’s Flyweight Bout: Denise Kielholtz (2-2) vs. TBD

Lightweight bout: Chris Bungard (14-4) vs. Charlie Leary (15-10-1)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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