Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Jr. vs Mousasi?
Rafael Lovato Jr beat Gegard Mousasi by majority decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of Bellator 223, on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at SSE Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Rafael Lovato Jr.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the vacant Bellator middleweight championship.
Jr. vs Mousasi stats
Rafael Lovato Jr stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 9 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 6 by submission.
Gegard Mousasi made his way to the ring with a record of 45 wins, 6 loses and 2 draws, with 26 of those wins by knock out and 12 by submission.
The stats suggested Mousasi had a massive power advantage over Lovato Jr, boosting at 58% knock out percentage over Lovato Jr's 22%.
Rafael Lovato Jr was the older man by 2 years, at 38 years old.
Lovato Jr had a height advantage of 1 inch over Mousasi. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Lovato Jr was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 44 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 11 year and 4 months later than Mousasi, whose first professional fight was in 2003. He had fought 83 less professional rounds, 21 to Mousasi's 104.
Jr. vs Mousasi form
Mousasi had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Douglas Lima at Bellator 250 on 29th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Lyoto Machida at Bellator 228 on 28th September 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at The Forum, Inglewood.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Rafael Lovato Jr at Bellator 223 on 22nd June 2019 by majority decision in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at SSE Arena, London, England.
Before that, he had beat Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose, United States.
He had won against Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 200 on 25th May 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at SSE Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Lovato Jr's last 2 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 8 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 4 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Mousasi's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.