Gegard Mousasi made a big statement yesterday (Fri., May 25, 2018) at Bellator 200 in London, England, when he dispatched Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho in less than four minutes.
The victory not only left Mousasi with yet another world title, but it ultimately extended his current win streak to six.
After walking away with the first-round TKO win (highlights here), Mousasi took aim at Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald, calling for a superfight between the two titleholders unless the Canadian opted to “chicken out.” It was a perfectly-timed callout, especially considering there aren’t too many readily available contenders at 185 pounds.
MacDonald, who captured the 170-pound crown with a decision win over Douglas Lima back at Bellator 192, quickly responded to Mousasi’s callout with the following Twitter message:
@mousasi_mma congratulations on you dominant victory, @ScottCoker @rich_chou i know you wanted a title defense from me before challenging at middle weight. but myself vs @mousasi_mma is the fight to make right now, so lets make this happen!?— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) May 25, 2018
While MacDonald could pair up well with another one of Bellator’s premier welterweights, this is a fight the promotion simply can’t pass up. MacDonald already stated last year that he’s looking to capture both the middleweight and light heavyweight titles on top of his 170-pound crown, so this buzz shouldn’t come as a surprise.
As for the fight itself, MacDonald would certainly have his work cut out for him. Mousasi’s 44-6-2 professional record is no joke, as the newly crowned Bellator middleweight king has utilized his striking, wrestling, and grappling in the past to push through some of the best names in the business.
Of course, MacDonald is a beast in his own right, which is why this is the next main event to make if you’re Bellator president Scott Coker.