Bellator MMA continued their European invasion by announcing one of its champions will head to London to defend his title in June.
Fight veteran Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) will put his belt on the line, as he faces undefeated BJJ expert Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0).
Mousasi has looked flawless since joining Bellator and is 3-0 with the company. Riding a win-streak of 8, Mousasi has been in peak form for years now, with many considering him the worlds best at 185-pounds. Last time out, he put a devastating stop to Rory MacDonald’s ambitions of being a two-weight world champion, dominating and finishing the current welterweight champion despite a close fight being touted.
Flawless is again what he will need to be, as an unbeaten jiu jitsu wizard is coming to try snatch a submission victory and walk away a champion in only his 10th professional fight. Lovato Jr. only turned pro in 2014 and 9 fights later is just one victory away from reaching the pinnacle of the sport.
With Paul Daley and James Gallagher already confirmed for the card, this announcement is a welcome addition to the Bellator schedule, after many UK fight fans felt hard done by as MVP/Daley headed to the US for what was arguably the biggest fight in UK MMA history.
The event will take place at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley to a predictably sold out UK crowd.
Keep your eyes peeled for fight and ticket announcements in the coming weeks.