The loss of life of Rory MacDonald’s preventing spirit appears to be like to had been vastly exaggerated.
The Bellator a hundred and seventy-pound champion defended his title and evolved to the finals of the Welterweight World Colossal Prix with a ambitious unanimous resolution over previously unbeaten Neiman Gracie on Friday within the indispensable tournament of Bellator 222 at Unusual York’s Madison Square Backyard.
“I feel aesthetic qualified. It is such an honor with a thought to compete in an arena love this in Unusual York City,” MacDonald acknowledged. “I truly feel blessed to comprise arrive to this point in my profession here to be preventing for a global championship in Madison Square Backyard.”
MacDonald (21-5-1), who openly questioned whether or no longer he light had the coronary heart to snatch preventing after his disappointing intention with Jon Fitch in April, took dwelling judges’ scores of 49-46 and Forty eight-Forty seven (twice). He advances to face old champion Douglas Lima, whom MacDonald defeated in a 2018 five-spherical thriller, within the finals of the Colossal Prix for the $1 million prize.
“That is a toughie, but I’m taking a peep forward to it on story of it turn out to be once a shut strive against [the first time,]” MacDonald acknowledged. “I’m no longer taken aback to meet him within the finals. He is a correct fighter and a gentleman and it is an honor to compete to a guy love that.”
After atmosphere up brief against MacDonald through unanimous resolution at Bellator 192, Lima (31-7) bounced lend a hand to put up old champion Andrey Koreshkov in their September trilogy bout earlier than knocking out Michael Net page in Also can to realize to the final.
“That’s what we are awaiting, here is the rematch that I’ve been waiting on,” Lima acknowledged. “You might peep why Rory is the champion as he is a warrior.”
Gracie (9-1), a fourth generation member of the household Brazilian jiu-jitsu household and nephew of tale Renzo Gracie, turn out to be once unable to put up MacDonald despite extra than one makes an attempt over five rounds. No longer handiest turn out to be once the champion’s submission protection at an elite stage, he dominated the strive against within the standup by robotically touchdown qualified fingers that swelled Gracie’s eyes.
MacDonald showed qualified takedown protection and remained affected person every time Gracie reversed on the bottom to are trying a series of armbars and leg locks. MacDonald furthermore landed most indispensable hurt from prime space every time he turn out to be once in a local to stuff a Gracie takedown and force the Brazilian to his lend a hand.
Though Gracie turn out to be once winning in taking down MacDonald early in Spherical 5, he never tried to land anything of fee in the case of striking and turn out to be once unable to rally for a dramatic originate.
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Bellator 222 card, outcomes
Rory MacDonald (c) def. Neiman Gracie through unanimous resolution (49-46, Forty eight-Forty seven, Forty eight-Forty seven)
Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen through 2d-spherical TKO (punches)
Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey through first-spherical submission (armbar)
Patrick Combine def. Ricky Bandejas through first-spherical submission (rear-naked choke)
Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas through 2d-spherical KO (punch)
Kyoji Horiguchi (c) def. Darrion Caldwell (Forty eight-Forty seven, 49-46, 49-46)
Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico through 2d-spherical TKO (knee)
Bellator 222 updates, highlights
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