Bellator is loading up for its return to London.
The promotion introduced Friday that Gegard Mousasi will defend his middleweight title in opposition to Rafael Lovato Jr. in the primary occasion of Bellator London, set to happen at The SSE Enviornment, Wembley on June 22. Mousasi and Lovato have been initially scheduled to face each other at Bellator 214 in January, however Mousasi was pressured out of that assembly with a again damage.
Additionally anticipated to be on the cardboard are England’s Paul Daley and Eire’s James Gallagher, with their respective opponents nonetheless to be named.
Mousasi (45-6-2) seeks the second consecutive protection of his middleweight championship after defeating welterweight champion Rory MacDonald through second-round TKO in a superfight final September. “The Dreamcatcher” is Three-Zero since shifting from the UFC to Bellator and has received eight straight general.
In 9 professional bouts, Lovato has but expertise a loss. Lovato, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace who fights out of Oklahoma, is 5-Zero contained in the Bellator cage with three of this wins coming in underneath two minutes.
Daley (40-17-2) has misplaced three of his final 4 bouts, together with his most up-to-date outing, a five-round unanimous choice loss to rival Michael Web page that was extensively thought to be disappointing for its lack of fireworks. That end result additionally knocked him out of the opening spherical of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix. He competes in England for the primary time since Bellator 179 in Could 2017, when he was submitted by MacDonald.
The 22-year-old Gallagher rebounded from the primary lack of his profession, a devastating first-round KO by the hands of Ricky Bandejas, by submitting Steven Graham in simply 2:30 at Bellator 217 this previous February. He improved to Eight-1 as a professional and 5-1 contained in the Bellator cage.
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