Bellator London Betting Preview: Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.

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Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Gegard Mousasi (red gloves) at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Jun 21, 2019, 06:45 PM EDT
  • Bellator Middleweight Champion "The Dreamcatcher" Gegard Mousasi (-530) is making the second defense of his championship reign.
  • The challenger Rafael Lovato Jr. (+380) is undefeated in MMA but inexperienced compared to the champion.

Bellator London Betting Odds:

  • Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi odds: -530
  • Rafael Lovato Jr. odds: +380
  • Date: June 22, 2019
  • TV: MMA Junkie

Under the Bellator London banner, Bellator MMA will be hosting two events from the SSE Arena on Saturday, June 22: Bellator 223 and Bellator Europe 3.

The headliner of the night will be a middleweight championship contest between current champion Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi and top-ranked contender Rafael Lovato Jr.

A perennial top-10 fighter, Mousasi’s career has taken him from Pride and Dream in Japan through Strikeforce and eventually to the UFC. In 2017, Mousasi decided to join Bellator despite being on a five-fight winning streak in the UFC.

In Bellator, Mousasi is 3-0. He won the title from Rafael Carvalho in his second bout with the promotion and successfully defended against Rory MacDonald in a champion-versus-champion fight last September.

A fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and multiple time world champion, Rafael Lovato Jr. made the transition to MMA in 2014. Lovato Jr. is undefeated during his MMA career, 5-0 in Bellator and has finished 89% (8/9) of his opponents.

Gegard Mousasi’s Path to Victory

Mousasi (45-6-2) is looking to establish a championship legacy for himself in the Bellator middleweight division.

In a career spanning over 15 years and 50 fights,  Mousasi has won world championships in multiple organizations and at multiple weight classes, he’s never defended a title more than once.

Against Lovato Jr., Mousasi looks to change that.

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