It seems that Bellator have decided that they want a piece of the ‘super fight’ action. Welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (20-4-0) and newly crowned middleweight king Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) have both publicly declared their interest in fighting each other and now it appears they will get their wish.
ESPN first reported on Thursday that Mousasi will put his middleweight title on the line when the former UFC stars meet on 29th September in San Jose, California. The fight presents MacDonald with the unique opportunity to become the first two division champion in Bellator history.
Mousasi enters the fight with a seven fight win streak dating back to his time in the UFC. The 32-year-old made the switch to Bellator in 2017 and marked his promotional debut with a unanimous decision win over Alexander Shlemenko. In just his second appearance for Bellator, Mousasi captured the middleweight title with an explosive, first round TKO of defending champion Rafael Carvalho.
MacDonald arrived in Bellator on the back of consecutive loses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson in his final two UFC appearances. The 28-year-old’s move to Bellator appeared to give him a fresh start, with the Canadian earning a second round submission win over perennial contender Paul Daley in his debut. Seven months after making his promotional bow, MacDonald faced reigning welterweight champion Douglas Lima in a fascinating scrap which is certain to be in the mix for fight of the year by the time 2018 is over. At the end of five action packed rounds, MacDonald was announced as the winner, and new champion by unanimous decision.
The September card will also feature a match up between long time rivals, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Wanderlei Silva. The two veterans have fought three times previously dating back to their days in PRIDE with Silva currently holding two wins to Rampage’s one.