BREAKING - Gegard Mousasi Pitted Against Rafael Lovato Jr. For Title Fight
Gegard Mousasi is schedule to fight Rafael Lovato Jr.
Scott Coker confirmed via Twitter, “Gegard Mousasi-Rafael Lovato Jr. for the Bellator Middleweight Title on Jan. 26 in L.A.”
Rafael is no stranger to the grappling community. He is a black belt under the legendary Carlos Machado (instructor of the video series The Classic Butterfly Guard). He has been extremely successful in many high level competitions. One particular accomplishment is being the second American to win the World Jiu Jitsu Championship as a black belt. BJ Penn was the first to achieve this distinction.
In addition to his grappling credentials, Rafael has had an impressive run in Mixed Martial Arts. He currently boasts a 9-0 record. He hold wins over UFC veterans Mike Rhodes, Gerald Harris, and John Salter. Out of his 9 wins, two have been via knockout while 9 have been via submission.
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Rafael told MMA Junkie, “I’m ready,” he said. “They give me the opportunity, I’m taking it. I’d love to fight either one of those guys. It would be an honor. They’re both legends; they’re both warriors. I’m putting everything into this, and I feel like I’m in a very special phase of my life right now, and I would love this opportunity and this challenge to fulfill my martial arts destiny and become a world champion.”
Mousasi is fresh off his victory over the Red King Rory MacDonald where he captured the title. He is perfect in his career in Bellator. He has hand an impressive 53 fights with 45 wins. In addition to his professional MMA career, he has also competed professionally in kickboxing and as an amateur in boxing. He has fought in a myriad of organizations that include the following: Bellator, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, DREAM, Strikeforce and UFC. He holds wins over many notable names including Rory MacDonald, Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, and Uriah Hall.
The card is a stacked with the heavy weight tournament final between Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader and happens on the same night as UFC 233. It should kick of the new year with a bang and prove an exciting night for both grappling and MMA fans.
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