Bellator is scheduled to have a championship fight on Thursday night, as Gegard Mousasi and Douglas Lima will fight for the promotion’s vacant middleweight.
The fight headlines an eight-fight card scheduled to happen from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA. Follow along throughout the evening for live updates.
Preliminary Card (6:00PM EDT) (Youtube)
Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (CBS Sports Network)
Bout 8: Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) vs. Douglas Lima (32-7) (Vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship)
Mousasi Reclaims Middleweight Belt With Decision Win Against Lima
Gegard Mousasi became the new Bellator Middleweight Champion in the main event, defeating welterweight champ Douglas Lima via decision after five rounds.
The slow-paced fight saw Mousasi in control most of the time.
Mousasi’s best rounds were the first and last, as in both he was able to score a takedown on Lima, controlling him from the position for a while after.
Mousasi was the aggressor for most of the time on the feet.
Mousasi reclaimed the belt with the win. He lost the title in 2019, dropping a majority decision to Rafael Lovato Jr. The championship was vacated after Lovato Jr. announced he was diagnosed with cerebral cavernoma.
Lima is currently Bellator’s 170-pound champion.
Bout 7: Henry Corrales (17-5) vs. Brandon Girtz (16-9) (Featherweight)
Corrales Takes Split Decision Over Girtz
Henry Corrales snapped a two-fight skid in the co-main event, defeating Brandon Girtz via split decision. The close striking matchup produced wildly different scorecards, as both fighters took all three rounds on at least one judge’s scorecard.
Along with Corrales’ success throughout the close battle on the feet, he was also able to quickly shut down takedown attempts from Girtz.
Corrales lost his last two fights, albeit against big names within Bellator in Darrion Caldwell and Juan Archuleta.
Girtz had previously competed at lightweight with his last fight being a loss to Myles Jury in February.
Bout 6: Ty Gwerder (5-1) vs. Dalton Rosta (3-0) (Middleweight)
Rosta Wins Decision Over Gwerder, Remains Undefeated
Dalton Rosta kicked off the main card with a win, being picked on scorecards after three rounds against Ty Gwerder. The fight kept Rosta undefeated as a pro.
Rosta’s best work was his ability to score takedowns and be the controlling fighter on the ground. The striking was close between the fighters throughout.
Both fighters were returning after recent victories within Bellator.
Rosta was successful in August, defeating Mark Gardner after a round of action.
Gwerder defeated George Tokkos on a card in September.
Bout 5: Jake Hager (2-0) vs. Brandon Calton (2-0) (Heavyweight)
AEW’s Hager Defeats Calton Via Split Decision, Wins Toughest Performance Yet
AEW wrestler Jake Hager had the toughest fight of his career to finish the prelims, defeating Brandon Calton via split decision after three rounds. The fight was mostly striking, as both fighters had moments where they seemingly hurt their opponent.
Calton was able to hurt Hager late in the second round, wobbling him and knocking out his mouthpiece with a right hook.
Fatigue became a big factor in the second half of the fight, slowing the fight down significantly.
Needing scorecards to find a winner, the matchup was the longest in the pro careers of both fighters.
Hager remained undefeated with the fight, with his two other wins also being within Bellator. His two previous wins were quick submission victories. Calton’s ability to stop takedown attempts forced Hager to have a more diverse gameplan.
The fight was Calton’s Bellator debut after two wins on the regional scene. Calton had a background in pro football prior to MMA.
Bout 4: Bobby Voelker (33-13) vs. Sabah Homasi (14-8) (Welterweight)
Homasi Finishes Voelker In The Second Round Following Brutal Performance
Sabah Homasi dominated Bobby Voelker with strikes on the prelims, ending the brutal showing with a flying knee in the second round.
Voelker got hurt frequently in the first round, being wobbled by leg kicks and even dropped by a head kick. Homasi also connected with a large volume of his punches.
The win was the third-straight for Homasi in Bellator.
“My career is just starting in my books,” said Homasi in his post-fight interview.
The fight was Voelker’s Bellator debut after a long stint in Shamrock FC. Voelker had a four-loss UFC career in 2013 and 2014. The fight on Thursday was his first in a major promotion since then.
Bout 3: Taylor Johnson (6-1) vs. Johnny Eblen (6-0) (Middleweight)
Eblen Controls Johnson For Three Rounds To Remain Undefeated
Johnny Eblen remained undefeated on the prelims, defeating Taylor Johnson via decision after a strong showing of his wrestling and grappling ability.
A large part of Eblen’s success in the fight came from controlling Johnson with consistent takedowns throughout all three rounds.
Johnson’s best moment came early in the second round, hurting Eblen with a right hook that visibly wobbled him. Eblen was able to regain control with his wrestling moments after.
Eblen’s two previous Bellator victories came in 2019.
Johnson had a fast and explosive Bellator debut in September, defeating Ed Ruth in just under a minute via heel hook.
Bout 2: Adam Borics (15-1) vs. Erick Sanchez (9-5) (Catchweight 150 lbs)
Borics Takes Decision Victory Over Sanchez
Adam Borics he secured a victory via decision against Erick Sanchez on the prelims after a strong third round. The win for Borics was his second of 2020.
Sanchez made for a good opponent for Borics, being active with his own striking combinations that matched Borics’ pace for the first two rounds.
The close fight went the way of Borics in the last round, as he was able to hurt Sanchez with punches and cause him to backtrack. Borics scored a takedown after walking down a tired and hurt Sanchez with strikes.
Borics attempted an armbar in the final minute that Sanchez was able to escape.
Borics bounced back from his first loss as a pro in August, defeating Mike Hamel at Bellator 243.
The fight was Sanchez’s return to Bellator. His previous bout was a loss in Combate Americas.
Bout 1: Cody Law (0-0) vs. Orlando Ortega (0-0) (Featherweight)
Law Wins Pro Debut Via Submission
Cody Law won his pro MMA debut on the prelims, stopping Orlando Ortega within a round with a d’arce choke. The submission came only moments after Law scored a takedown.
Law came into the fight with a five-fight undefeated record as an amateur as well as a background in NCAA wrestling.
Law currently trains out of prolific MMA gym American Top Team.
Positive COVID-19 Tests Takes Two Fights Off Bellator 250 Card
News broke on Thursday morning that Veta Arteaga and Nick Newell were taken out of their respective bouts due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Arteaga was scheduled to fight on the main card against Desiree Yanez. Due to the fight being taken off of the card, Ty Gwerder and Dalton Rosta were moved to the main card lineup.
Newell was scheduled to fight Zach Zane on the prelims.