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Bellator 250 results: Gegard Mousasi a two-time middleweight champion with tactical win over Douglas Lima

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Gegard Mousasi is again the Bellator middleweight champion after a strong, if unimpressive, win over welterweight champ Douglas Lima

Mousasi took house scorecards of 48-47 and 49-46 two times for a client attack that saw him pressure Lima early and take the fight to the ground at key moments. The multi-promotion champ reclaimed the title he lost to Rafael Lovato Jr., who left the title in February after being detected with a rare brain disorder.

From the beginning, Mousasi kept Lima on his heels and used a well-rounded attack to acquire points. The fight never ever rose above a sluggish simmer as both fighters tossed single strikes over five rounds. Lima dealt with the counter, punishing the legs, while Mousasi moved ahead and timed counters.

But to begin, Mousasi wasted little time utilizing his wrestling. A couple of leg kicks were the tax for his first shot, and he eventually went for the back as Lima got to his hands and knees in the opening frame. Lima battled the journey to the mat, however a great scramble put Mousasi on top against the cage, and he quickly went to work with ground and pound.

Punches and elbows slammed into Lima for almost one minute, however he handled to prevent a cut and endured to the first bell.

Mousasi quickly closed the distance in the 2nd, wishing to replicate his early success. He peppered Lima with punches, but this time, he was reluctant on a takedown and paid the rate as Lima snuck in counters and heavy leg kicks. With 90 seconds left, he pursued the takedown and was stuffed. The round ended with a looking contest.

Lima’s leg kicks regularly discovered their target, and midway through the frame, he changed things up and went after Mousasi.

Mousasi pushed early for the takedown in the fourth round and again settled at Lima’s back, stomping the foot before a trip attempt.

Lima got his kicking video game in the final round and, for the first time, supported Mousasi with his jab. He never threw more than 2 strikes, however, and Mousasi eventually caught him off-guard and completed a takedown. With simply over one minute to work, Mousasi largely held position and did enough to keep his opponent grounded.

If successful versus Mousasi, Lima would have been Bellator’s 2nd two-division champ after Ryan Bader claimed the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles. And now, he moves back to the drawing board after an effective conquest of the Bellator welterweight grand prix topped off by a dominant win over Rory MacDonald

Henry Corrales back to the win column in strangely scored bout

After a set of obstacles, standout featherweight Henry Corrales got back to the win column with a split decision over Brandon Girtz

Girtz’s relentless pressure persuaded veteran judge Doug Crosby of a shutout over three rounds. The staying scorers, David Peabody and Dave Tirelli, provided Corrales every frame for the opposing 30-27 cards.

Corrales was absolutely put on his heels over 15 minutes as Girtz charged in and swung for the fences. It took Corrales a little bit of perseverance prior to he started to time counters, but they altered the course of the battle.

Combined with a consistent calf kick, straight punches made Girtz’s attacks less reliable as the fight entered into deep waters. And when Girtz could not get the takedown, his gameplan began to lag.

By the final frame, Girtz’s nose was bloodied from the duplicated straight shots that Corrales timed over his hooks, and he was wobbled as a punch slammed home in the last seconds.

Corrales rebounds after losses in bouts versus Darrion Caldwell and champ Juan Archuleta Girtz, meanwhile, has now dropped back-to-back bouts.

Rosta cruises versus Gwerder

Prospect Dalton Rosta continues to pick up momentum in the middleweight department.

Rosta had to make all of his paycheck over 3 rounds versus Ty Gwerder, however controlled the action on the feet and on the ground, where he frequently took his challenger’s back and threatened chokes.

Rosta took house consentaneous 30-27 scorecards and his third win as a Bellator pro.

Full Bellator 250 results:

Gegard Mousasi def. Douglas Lima through unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

Henry Corrales def. Brandon Girtz via split choice (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)

Dalton Rosta def. Ty Gwerder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jake Hager def. Brandon Calton via split choice (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Sabah Homasi def. Bobby Voelker through KO (strikes) – Round 2, 0: 20

Nick Newell vs. Zach Zane( canceled)

Johnny Eblen def. Taylor Johnson through unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Adam Borics def. Erick Sanchez via consentaneous choice (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Cody Law def. Orlando Ortega via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2: 41

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