Gegard Mousasi didn’t quite bulldoze John Salter like he predicted, but he got the job done in the main event of Bellator 264, which went down inside Mohegan Sun Arena earlier tonight (Fri., Aug. 13, 2021) in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Things didn’t start off too smooth for Mousasi, who found himself on his behind for the majority of the first round thanks to Salter’s great wrestling technique. Mousasi tried to get up, but Salter was simply too strong for “The Dream Catcher” to start things off.
Salter started the second round in the same fashion, taking down the Middleweight champion and keeping him down before “Dream Catcher” eventually fought his way back to his feet. Midway through round two, Mousasi found himself in great top position, which he took advantage of by landing some good ground-and-pound to close out the round.
By the time round three started, both men were absolutely drenched in sweat. Once again Salter tried to score an early takedown, but it was eventually stuffed by Mousasi who used his own wrestling to get top position. After posturing up, Mousasi started raining down the punishment, forcing the referee to put an end to the fight.
Here is more of the action from Mousasi’s win:
Stuffed.— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) August 14, 2021
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@mousasi_mma raining down shots.— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) August 14, 2021
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One for the challenger. @johnsalter_mma gets the takedown on @mousasi_mma.— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) August 14, 2021
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Mousasi now has his first title defense on what is now his second run as Bellator’s Middleweight champion. Up next for the long-time veteran is a championship fight against none other than “Mr. VanZant,” Austin Vanderford, who worked his way up to a title shot on the heels of five wins inside the Bellator cage and is 11-0 overall.
This one will be #Bellator264 pic.twitter.com/xbt6N7afOn— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) August 14, 2021
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