On Saturday September 29th 2018, The Bellator cage made its way to the SAP center in San Jose California for Bellator 206. This event was the first Bellator event shown on the internet streaming network DAZN. The event was headlined by Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, and Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The co-main was MMA legends Rampage Jackson against Wanderlei Silva in their 4th fight to date.
In the main event it was clear threw out the the entire fight that the middleweight champ was far too skilled for MacDonald. Landing sharp jabs early, it was only a matter of time until MacDonald shot for a take down and was stuffed. Mousasi then landed in the mount position and beat Rory until the ref had seen enough.
MacDonald has a fight already booked in the near future to fight Jon Finch in the first round of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. While Gegard was heard calling out number one contender Rafael Lovato and also ex UFC star Lyoto Machida. Both would be interesting fights as Lovato is rightfully the number one contender and Machida has fought Mousasi in the UFC before.
The co-main event was an action packed war between two legends of the sport. Every time the two men threw punches in bunches one of them got rocked. Each time the pace of the fight slowed down, and the war continued. Until eventually Rampage landed a big right hand, crushing Silva to the canvas. This win for Rampage gives them each two wins a piece. With both of Silva’s wins coming in Pride some time ago followed by Rampage’s wins in the UFC and now in Bellator. With the count locked up at 2-2 both men seemed to agree to a 5th fight right after the fight was over. Although Silva looked as if he wanted to retire that night it is completely possible that he comes back to break the tie.
The biggest highlight of the card has to be Aaron Pico. He landed himself another knockout making him 4-1 and all 4 of his wins coming by knock out. To be even more specific he has 3 of those 4 wins by body hook and 4 out of 4 coming from a “hook”. Pico has certainly masted the art of throwing his hooks on the feet. He looks to have some of the most devastating boxing skills in the Bellator organization.
Bellator is off this weekend but as of next weekend they have a double header for us. On October 12th they have Bellator 207, held in the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Witch will be Matt Mitrione vs Ryan Bader to see who will advance in the heavyweight grand prix. That will be followed by Bellator 208 witch will be held in Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, headlined by the Goat Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen. In other words it is a great time to be a Bellator MMA fan.