There was no UFC events last week, so it was Bellator’s chance to shine with two former world champions headlining Bellator 175. In a week packed with news, there was also some interesting match-ups announced. Check out below to see any of the action you may have missed.
In the Main-Event Muhammed Lawal and Rampage Jackson looked to battle once again in the Bellator cage. Their first fight had very few highlights, and Jackson was awarded the winner. At the weigh ins prior to the rematch, Jackson outweighed his opponent by 41 pounds.
In the first round, Lawal seemed to be outworking his opponent (a visibly out of shape Rampage). Lawal constantly looked to clinch and win the round by controlling his opponent. By the end of the round, King Mo seemed to have tired more than his opponent.
In the second round, Rampage looked to punish Lawal on the feet. Rampage landed with some heavy shots and even seemed to wobble his opponent. At the end of the round, Rampage was able to get a takedown that helped solidify the round for him.
Lawal seemed much more technical in the final outing, as he was able to stifle Jackson’s takedown and punish him from there. Lawal seemed to win almost all the exchanges on the feet in the final round.
King Mo was awarded a 29-28 Unanimous Decision victory. After the fight, it was announced that he will be Ryan Bader’s first opponent in the Bellator cage. Their fight is scheduled for June 24th when Bellator heads to Madison Square Garden.
Sign the Fight Georges
Michael Bisping seems to be getting impatient with the lack of a date to fight Georges St-Pierre. Bisping has stated that if GSP isn’t available to fight in July at the UFC’s biggest card, he will fight Yoel Romero instead. GSP has stated that he was interested in fighting later this year, and this might be because the UFC is scheduled to return to Canada in September.
Come on Georgie boy! We announced the fight, had the press conference, so let's set a god damn… https://t.co/K4MOtzlSdZ
— michael (@bisping) March 30, 2017
RDA has a dance partner at welterweight
Rafael dos Anjos and Tarec Saffiedine are set to fight in Singapore on June 17th. RDA is moving up to the welterweight division following a difficult few months. He first lost his lightweight championship at UFC 205, before being outclassed by Tony Ferguson. Tarec is currently ranked #10 in the Welterweight division and should be a great test for the former champion.
Cowboys and Ruthless Ones
A Robbie Lawler versus Donald Cerrone match is close to fruition. Reports and speculation have run rife in the last few days, it looks like these two will face each other in July. Both men will be looking to return to winning ways should they meet in the Octagon.
Robbie Lawler hasn’t fought since losing the welterweight Championship to Tyron Woodley in the first round at UFC 201. Donald Cerrone was riding a wave of hype, before getting derailed by Jorge Masvidal earlier this year. Lawler and Cerrone were set to fight at UFC 205 in New York, but an injury to Lawler prevented that.
The UFC returns to PPV this weekend with a rematch for the light heavyweight championship. Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson will face off again, with the winner most likely facing Jon Jones upon his return from suspension. What was your favorite memory from this past week in the MMA world? Let us know below in the comments section.
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