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Mousasi stops MacDonald in second round, retains middleweight belt

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Gegard Mousasi retained his middleweight world championship with a win over Rory MacDonald on Saturday night. Mousasi defeated MacDonald at the Bellator 206 main event at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, exclusively on streaming service, DAZN.

The Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands native improved to 45-6-2 in his MMA career. Of his 45 wins, he now has 26 wins by knockout. That makes up 58% of his win total.

MMA fighter Gegard Mousasi celebrating a win over Thiago Santos at the UFC 200 event

Gegard Mousasi celebrating a win over Thiago Santos (Getty Images)

The 33-year-old knocked out MacDonald in the second round via TKO (Elbows and Punches). The fight was called at 3:23 in the second round.

Mousasi has now won back-to-back fights by TKO. He also defeated Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 200 by TKO (Punches) in the first round on May 25th, 2018.

The Netherlands native has now won eight straight bouts. He has not lost a fight since losing to Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 75 by TKO (Flying Knee and Punches) on September 26th, 2015.

MacDonald fell to 20-5 in his MMA career. This is just his third loss that came via knockout.

The Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada native saw his two-fight win streak snapped with this loss. Coming into the bout, he defeated Douglas Lima and Paul Daley.

The 29-year-old suffered his first loss since losing to Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 89 on June 18th, 2016 by a unanimous decision. One has to go all the way back to July 11th, 2015 to find his last TKO loss, which came at the hands of Robbie Lawler at 1:00 into the fifth round.


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