BELLATOR 206 RESULTS: MOUSSAI BEATS MACDONALD, RAMPAGE KOS
Live from the SAP Center in San Jose, CA, Bellator MMA presents Bellator 206, broadcast worldwide on DAZN, a new streaming platform for sports.
The main event saw Bellator middleweight world champion Gegard Moussai defeated Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald in a career-defining performance. Moussai kept great distance in the first round and forced MacDonald to fight at Moussai’s range and tempo. The second round went much worse for MacDonald as a failed takedown lead MacDonald on his back getting brutally beaten. The end came at the end of the second round as a series of strikes along with blood coming out of MacDonald’s nose, saw a defenseless, MacDonald offering no resistance.
Winner: Gegard Moussai defeats Rory MacDonald, TKO – time: 3:23
MMA legends Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson fought for the fourth time in their career saw the two past prime veteran throw haymakers until in a heavyweight bout until “Rampage” Jackson stopped Wanderlei Silva with a left hook, a right-hand combination that lead to a flurry of punches on the ground.
The first round saw Wanderlei Silva back up trying to walk Jackson into an overhand right, whereas Jackson walked forward also looking to land a big punch. The most telling blow was a right hand landed at the end of the round by Jackson.
The second round saw the two veterans labor forward with more big shots as the bigger Jackson hurt Silva multiple times before stopping Silva at the end of the second round.
Jackson and Silva are now dead even in their four fights at 2-2. Will they fight for a fifth time? Probably not.
Winner: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeats Wanderlei Silva, TKO – time 4:32.
In the third match between welterweight Andrey Koreshkov and Douglas Lima in which the pair he split their prior meetings, it was Douglas Lima who got the final laugh as he will advance to face the winner of Paul Daley vs. Michael “Venom” Page, as Lima advances in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix.
The first round felt dead even as it came down to perception on who won. The second it appeared that Lima landed the more telling blows, that of which being leg kicks, but Koreshkov kept Lima on the cage which was not the most enjoyable to watch. The third round was Lima’s most productive as Koreshkov spent half of the round keeping Lima on the cage, but the other half saw Lima outstriking Koreshkov.
The fourth saw Lima continue to dominate with a dramatic ending the fifth and final round seeing Lima put Koreshkov to the ground, seconds later Lima applied a rear-naked choke that forced Koreshkov that put Koreshkov to sleep.
Winner: Douglas Lima defeats Andrey Koreshkov via 5th round, submission – time 3:04
TV undercard results
Lightweight Aaron Pico stopped former Bellator featherweight title, contender Leandro Higa in the first round. The fight was fairly even until Pico landed a flurry of punches that forced Higa to shell up on the cage at first it looked like Higa could handle the storm, but Pico’s relentless pressure was too much for Higa. The bout was stopped far too late as Higa fell without being hit at one point and the referee Mark Smith still allowed him to take many more punches.
“…I said it before the fight, and it feels good to do it against a tough opponent!” said Pico. “Three, four years from now, there’ll be nobody on this planet that touches me in this cage.”
In a competitive women’s strawweight bout, local favorite Keri Anne Melendez of San Francisco, Ca, picked up a split decision over Dakota Zimmerman. The bout was very even with Melendez getting the better on the feet and Zimmerman having a major advantage on the ground, two of the three judges favored Melendez’s work on the feet.
Featherweight Gaston Bolanos, who trains out of the CSA Gym in Dublin, Ca made short work of Ysidro Gutierrez getting knockout by way of strikes