Gegard Mousasi
The Dreamcatcher


Title shot postponed
March 30, 2020
Mousasi will no longer face Douglas Lima for the vacant middleweight championship at Bellator 242 on May 9, as the event will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Mousasi was dethroned as middleweight champion last June when he lost to Rafael Lovato via majority decision, but got back in the win column with a split-decision victory over Lyoto Machida in September. Lovato has since relinquished his belt due to health-related reasons, leaving the window open for a superfight. While Mousasi was listed as a (-150) betting favorite against an opponent moving up in weight class, those plans will be put on hold until the promotion is able to reschedule the event.
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Set to fight Lima for title
February 11, 2020
Mousasi will fight Douglas Lima for the vacant Bellator middleweight title on May 9 at the Sap Center in San Jose, according to Bellator President Scott Coker.
With the news that Rafael Lovato Jr. would be relinquishing his middleweight title due to health issues, there was a two-fighter void for the championship fight. Mousasi will take on Lima, who will move up weight classes after just recently taking hold of the welterweight title on Oct. 24. Mousasi will become the first fighter to have the middleweight title for two different stints should he defeat Lima.
Takes step towards regaining title
September 30, 2019
Mousasi defeated Lyoto Machida via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at Bellator 228 on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calfornia.
Mousasi lost a five-round unanimous decision when the two fighters met under the UFC banner in February of 2014, but he was able to outpoint the 41-year-old in the rematch more than five years later. He dropped Machida multiple times in the fight, and even though he wasn't able to secure the finish, he was the clear winner here despite the "split decision" on the scorecards. Mousasi undoubtedly now has his sights set on champion Rafael Lovato Jr., who took the middleweight title from him last June. Mousasi has even gone as far as to say he'll retire if he's unable to finish Lovato, which only adds to the build-up for this fight.
Loses middleweight strap in London
June 24, 2019
Mousasi lost to Rafael Lovato via majority decision (47-47, 47-48, 47-48) at Bellator 223 in Friday on London.
Mousasi finished off his UFC contract on a five-fight winning streak, and proceeded to pick up three consecutive wins to open his time with Bellator MMA. The 33-year-old suffered his first setback since 2015 on Friday, however, as the champion had a tough time against the grappling of Lovato. He was taken down and held down by Lovato early, and while most scorecards likely landed on Mousasi in Rounds 3 and 4, it simply wasn't enough to sway the judges in his direction. Considering Mousasi's pedigree and eight-fight winning streak, it wouldn't be surprising for Bellator brass to look to schedule an immediate rematch, especially given the close nature of this outcome.
Ready to defend title
March 29, 2019
Mousasi (back) will face Rafael Lovato at Bellator London on June 22, Chamatkar Sandhu of reports.
This is a rescheduled middleweight title fight after Mousasi suffered a back injury and wasn't ready to defend his belt at Bellator 214.
Withdraws from title defense at Bellator 214
December 20, 2018
Mousasi will no longer defend his middleweight title against Rafael Lovato at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26 due to a back injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
It appears Mousasi -- who defeated Rory MacDonald via second-round TKO in his first title defense in September -- will have to wait to defend his middleweight title for a second time. Specifics regarding the injury remain vague, so it's unclear when the 33-year-old will be cleared to return. At this point, the promotion has yet to determine whether Lovato will remain on the card following Mousasi's withdrawal.