Lyoto Machida Returns Against Gegard Mousasi At Bellator 228

A rematch over five years in the making between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi will be taking place at Bellator 228 on September 28. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Bellator double champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire would be defending his featherweight title against Juan Archuleta in the first bout of a 16-man featherweight […]

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A rematch over five years in the making between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi will be taking place at Bellator 228 on September 28.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Bellator double champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire would be defending his featherweight title against Juan Archuleta in the first bout of a 16-man featherweight grand prix. That matchup will serve as Bellator 228’s headliner at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Now serving as the co-main event is the rematch between Machida and Mousasi, per a press release. The two renowned middleweights first met at a UFC Fight Night event back in 2014. “The Dragon” came out on top that night with a unanimous decision victory.

Machida is currently on a four-fight winning streak and is 2-0 at Bellator so far. He most recently knocked out Chael Sonnen last month in a light heavyweight bout, but will be moving back to his old weight class now.

As for Mousasi, he competed last month as well, but lost his middleweight title to Rafael Lovato Jr. via unanimous decision at Bellator 223. He will look to not only get revenge against Machida, but also set up a rematch with Lovato in the process.

These two fights are the only ones announced for Bellator 228 as of now, but more announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

What do you think of Bellator 228’s marquee fights?

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Lyoto Machida Returns Against Gegard Mousasi At Bellator 228

A rematch over five years in the making between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi will be taking place at Bellator 228 on September 28. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Bellator double champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire would be defending his featherweight title against Juan Archuleta in the first bout of a 16-man featherweight […]

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A rematch over five years in the making between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi will be taking place at Bellator 228 on September 28.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Bellator double champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire would be defending his featherweight title against Juan Archuleta in the first bout of a 16-man featherweight grand prix. That matchup will serve as Bellator 228’s headliner at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Now serving as the co-main event is the rematch between Machida and Mousasi, per a press release. The two renowned middleweights first met at a UFC Fight Night event back in 2014. “The Dragon” came out on top that night with a unanimous decision victory.

Machida is currently on a four-fight winning streak and is 2-0 at Bellator so far. He most recently knocked out Chael Sonnen last month in a light heavyweight bout, but will be moving back to his old weight class now.

As for Mousasi, he competed last month as well, but lost his middleweight title to Rafael Lovato Jr. via unanimous decision at Bellator 223. He will look to not only get revenge against Machida, but also set up a rematch with Lovato in the process.

These two fights are the only ones announced for Bellator 228 as of now, but more announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

What do you think of Bellator 228’s marquee fights?

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Gegard Mousasi vs. Lyoto Machida Rematch Set For Bellator 228

A rematch more than five years in the making has been announced for September 28’s Bellator 228 from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bellator revealed in a press release today (Thurs., July 11, 2019) that former Bellator middleweight champion Gega…

A rematch more than five years in the making has been announced for September 28’s Bellator 228 from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bellator revealed in a press release today (Thurs., July 11, 2019) that former Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will take on former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at the event. The […]

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Gegard Mousasi Believes Rafael Lovato Jr. Was On PEDs

Gegard Mousasi doesn’t think Rafael Lovato Jr. was fighting clean during their bout at Bellator 223. Lovato took home the Bellator middleweight title after a close bout with Mousasi last month. Speaking on the Vechtersbazen Podcast, Mousasi said he believes Lovato was on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for the contest, and told the commission as much […]

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Gegard Mousasi doesn’t think Rafael Lovato Jr. was fighting clean during their bout at Bellator 223.

Lovato took home the Bellator middleweight title after a close bout with Mousasi last month. Speaking on the Vechtersbazen Podcast, Mousasi said he believes Lovato was on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for the contest, and told the commission as much beforehand (via MMA Junkie):

“I should have won this match even with him using PEDs,” Mousasi said. “I told the commission that it’s clear that he was on PEDs,” Mousasi said. “(The commissioner) gave me a pat on the shoulder and told me that he was going to get tested on fight day and walked away.

“I have also sent Scott Coker a text, because I saw a picture of (Lovato Jr.) that did not look natural,” Mousasi said. “He told me that he would get back at me and call me. I didn’t hear anything back.”

Should Mousasi not get an immediate rematch with Lovato, the former UFC star believes a matchup with Lyoto Machida is on the horizon, another fighter with links to PED usage:

“If the rematch (with Lovato Jr.) isn’t coming, Machida will probably be next. Another PED user,” Mousasi said. “Brazilians are known for using PEDs. Americans, too, but especially Brazilians.”

What do you think about Mousasi’s claims that Lovato was on PEDs for their fight?

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Gegard Mousasi Accuses Lovato Jr. Of Using Steroids – With A Catch

Gegard Mousasi isn’t moving beyond his loss to newly-crowned champion Rafael Lovato Jr. (highlights) at June’s Bellator Europe 3. In a spot with the “Vechtersbazen Podcast” (via MMA Junkie), the former Bellator champ and UFC veteran recentl…

Gegard Mousasi isn’t moving beyond his loss to newly-crowned champion Rafael Lovato Jr. (highlights) at June’s Bellator Europe 3. In a spot with the “Vechtersbazen Podcast” (via MMA Junkie), the former Bellator champ and UFC veteran recently claimed Lovato was “100 percent” using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for their match. Yet he wouldn’t blame the alleged […]

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Rafael Lovato Jr. Prefers Machida Next, Not Mousasi

Rafael Lovato Jr. became the new Bellator middleweight champion at Bellator London when he defeated Gegard Mousassi via majority decision. Due to the competitiveness of the fight, though, a rematch between the two is entirely possible, and Lovato has e…

Rafael Lovato Jr. became the new Bellator middleweight champion at Bellator London when he defeated Gegard Mousassi via majority decision. Due to the competitiveness of the fight, though, a rematch between the two is entirely possible, and Lovato has expressed an openness to it, but there is another man he would like to fight next […]

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