Bellator 250: Mousasi vs. Lima Play-by-Play

This article is the play-by-play to accompany the live coverage of Bellator 250. The live coverage for the event can be viewed here.

Quick Results:

Preliminary Card (6:00PM EDT) (Youtube)

Bout 1: Cody Law def. Orlando Ortega via Submission, D’arce Choke (RD 1, 2:41)

Bout 2: Adam Borics def. Erick Sanchez via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 3: Johnny Eblen def. Taylor Johnson via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Sabah Homasi def. Bobby Voelker via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 0:20)

Bout 5: Jake Hager def. Brandon Calton via Decision, Unanimous

Main Card (8:00PM EDT) (CBS Sports Network)

Bout 6: Dalton Rosta def. Ty Gwerder via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 7: Henry Corrales def. Brandon Girtz via Decision, Split

Bout 8: Gegard Mousasi def. Douglas Lima via Decision, Unanimous (Vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship)

Play-by-Play:

Bout 1: Cody Law (0-0) vs. Orlando Ortega (0-0) (Featherweight)

Law landed a clean uppercut in the second minute, although Ortega landed a hook as he left the pocket. Law landed a takedown in the third minute of the fight after Ortega charged forward with a combination of strikes. Law moved into side control after landing in half guard. Law looked for a d’arce choke after moving into a sprawl position. Ortega tapped out shortly after Law applied the choke.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Law
Ortega

Bout 2: Adam Borics (15-1) vs. Erick Sanchez (9-5) (Catchweight 150 lbs)

Both fighters were opening up with combinations early in the fight. Borics caught a leg kick to dump Sanchez to the ground in the third minute of action. While Sanchez landed is shots, Borics was the more active striker throughout the round.

The fight was paused for a few seconds early in the second round as Sanchez was seemingly poked in the eye. Sanchez scored a great elbow halfway through the round while Borics came forward for punches. Borics stopped a takedown attempt in the fourth minute of the round. Sanchez walked Borics down with punches in the closing moments of the round.

The pace held in the two prior rounds was carried into the third. A pause happened in the second minute of the round after Borics was hit in the groin. Both fighters connected with a high volume of punches in their exchanges. Borics kept trying for a flying knee, although it would only ever slightly land on Sanchez. Punches seemingly hurt Sanchez in the second half of the round, causing him to backtrack while Borics kept the pressure. Along with damage consumed, fatigued caused Sanchez to slow down significantly in the fourth minute. Borics landed two elbows which holding the head of Sanchez. Borics scored a takedown from a clinch with a minute to go. Borics took full mount on Sanchez, focusing on strikes from the position. He applied an armbar late in the round that Sanchez endured and escaped. Sanchez took the back of Borics before the round ran out of time. Borics took the win after three rounds of action (29-28, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Borics 10 9 10 29
Sanchez 9 10 9 28

Bout 3: Taylor Johnson (6-1) vs. Johnny Eblen (6-0) (Middleweight)

Johnson came forward with strikes early in the first round. Eblen scored a takedown after they clinched up. Johnson worked back up to his feet in the second minute of the round, although Elben was able to thrown him back down from a body lock. Johnson would get up and get taken back down frequently as Eblen kept the pressure against the cage. Johnson was able to return to striking with a minute left in the round. Johnson seemingly slipped in the final minute, allowing Eblen to take the fight back to a clinch on the feet before the round ran out of time.

Johnson stunned Eblen early in the first round with a right hook. Elben was wobbled while Johnson charged forward with strikes. Elben got a hold of one of Johnson’s legs while he was still trying to recover from the punches. Working up to his feet, Elben was able to slam Johnson down for a takedown. Eblen landed some punches to the head of Johnson while on his back. Eblen was able to consistently throw Johnson down to the canvas after he would get up. Johnson was able to get a hold of Eblens legs during a takedown in the fourth minute of the round. Eblen was able to escape the position, getting on the back of Johnson again. Eblen stayed on Johnson until the round concluded.

Eblen scored a takedown from a clinch early in the third round. Like the rounds before, Eblen was able to control Johnson with takedowns. Eblen was able to keep control for most of the round. Johnson tried for a kneebar in the final moments of the round. Eblen won on the scorecards after the 15 minutes of action (29-28, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Johnson 9 9 9 27
Eblen 10 10 10 30

Bout 4: Bobby Voelker (33-13) vs. Sabah Homasi (14-8) (Welterweight)

A leg kick from Homasi seemingly tripped Voelker in the opening moments of the fight. He landed another later in the first minute. Voelker got hurt by a leg kick in the second minute of the round. He was seemingly limping as well. A head kick dropped Voelker in the third minute of the round. Homasi connected with a large volume of the punches he threw in the round.

A flying knee dropped Voelker early in the second round, causing the referee to intervene and stop the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Voelker 8
Homasi 10

Bout 5: Jake Hager (2-0) vs. Brandon Calton (2-0) (Heavyweight)

The fighters traded jabs early in the first round. A jab from Calton knocked the mouthpiece of Hager out in the second minute of the fight. Hager looked for a takedown in the second minute that Calton was able to resist. Hager landed a series of knees to the body in the fourth minute while holding Calton in a body lock. Calton landed a punch in the final minute of the round that rocked Hager somewhat. Hager landed a clean right cross late in the round.

Calton scored with a series of punches early in the second round. Hager clinched with Calton in the second minute of the round, getting on his back while on the feet. Calton was able to escape the position within a minute. The fighters exchanged jabs throughout the round. Fatigue had clearly slowed down the action from both fighters in the round. Hager clinched up with Calton for a moment in the final minute of the round. Hager got rocked in the final minute of the round, backtracking after a right hook knocked his mouthguard out. He was able to endure the round after grabbing a hold of Calton.

Hager landed a two-punch combo a minute into the final round. Hager got rocked by a punch again in the second minute of the round. Hager backed Calton up to the cage in the third minute of the round with a series of hooks that connected. Hager scored with knees to the body and head while keeping Calton against the cage. A pause came in the round after Hager landed a punch to the groin of Calton. The fight resumed in a striking position. The mouthpiece of Hager fell out again in the final minute of the round while the fighters traded jabs. Hager seemingly hurt Calton with a series of body shots in the final moments of the round. The fight went to the judges after three rounds of action. The judges picked Hager as the winner (29-28 Calton, 29-28 Hager & 29-28 Hager).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Hager 10 9 10 29
Calton 9 10 9 28

Bout 6: Ty Gwerder (5-1) vs. Dalton Rosta (3-0) (Middleweight)

Both fighters landed some shots in the stand-up in the first half of the fight. Rosta looked for a single leg takedown in the fourth minute of the fight. Rosta put Gwerder down from the clinch, although Gwerder was quick to stand back up. Rosta kept Gwerder against the cage when they returned to the feet. Rosta got on the back of Gwerder as the fight went back down in the closing moments of the round.

Rosta scored a takedown in the second minute of the second round after Gwerder tripped for  a moment. Rosta moved to the back of Gwerder, looking for a rear naked choke from the position. Rosta kept pressed against Gwerder when he stood up in the fourth minute of the round. The fight returned to striking with a minute to go.

Rosta attempted a flying knee to the head in the second minute of the final round. Rosta backed Gwerder up against the cage with punches halfway through the round, landing a takedown after. Rosta landed in full mount after the takedown. He got on the back of Gwerder shortly after. Gwerder was able to escape the position with half-a-minute to go in the round. Judges gave the fight to Rosta after three rounds (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Gwerder 9 9 9 27
Rosta 10 10 10 30

Bout 7: Henry Corrales (17-5) vs. Brandon Girtz (16-9) (Featherweight)

Throughout the first round Girtz would explode with combinations of punches. Girtz landed a clean left cross in the opening minute of the fight. Girtz connected with a clean right hook in the third minute of the fight. Corrales was able to land counter punches on the feet, connecting with a punch in the fourth minute after avoiding a spinning backfist of Girtz. Corrales landed leg kicks throughout the round.

Like the round before, the fighters were mostly throwing punches early in the second round. Corrales would land leg kicks periodically. Corrales was able to resist a takedown in the third minute of the second round.

Girtz put Corrales against the cage in the second minute of the round after landing a punch. Corrales showed his takedown defense by stopping another attempt. The fight kept at a fast pace on the feet, also a close one. Like the rounds before, Corrales made Girtz chase him down with strikes. The fighters traded wild hooks in the final moments of the fight. (30-27 Corrales, 30-27 Girtz & 30-27 Corrales).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Corrales 9 10 10 29
Girtz 10 9 9 28

Bout 8: Gegard Mousasi (46-7-2) vs. Douglas Lima (32-7) (Vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship)

Mousasi attempted a takedown within the first minute of the fight. Lima was able to fight the attempt, remaining on the feet while Mousasi stayed attached to his back in a body lock. Mousasi took Lima down to his knees while mounted on his back. Mousasi landed a series of punches to the side of Lima’s head from the position. Lima got up to his feet with half of the round left. Mousasi took Lima down in the fourth minute of the round. With Lima on his back, Mousasi rained down with some punches while on his feet. Mousasi eventually went down to the ground in full guard. Mousasi held control on top until the round ran out of time.

The second round was a very slow paced one on the feet from both fighters. Mousasi shot for a takedown in the fourth minute of the second round that Lima stopped. Mousasi kept Lima against the cage for another minute after the stopped attempt.

Mousasi walked Lima down with strikes in the third round. He dictated the striking throughout the round.

Mousasi put Lima against the cage in a body lock early in the fourth round. He was able to take Lima down a minute into the fight getting on his back in the process. Lima was quick to return to the feet, going into a clinch with Mousasi. Lima connected with leg kicks throughout the round in the stand-up.

Lima’s final round was his most aggressive, as he was walking Mousasi down with punches for a large portion of the time. Mousasi scored a single leg takedown in the fourth minute of the round. Mousasi held the position until the round ran out of time. Mousasi was crowned the new champion after five rounds (48-47, 49-46 & 49-46).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Mousasi 10 10 10 9 10 49
Lima 9 9 9 10 9 46

 

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