Size Does Matter… Rory MacDonald Learned The Hard Way Against Gegard Mousasi as His Dream of Becoming Bellator’s first Ever Two-Division Champion Was Crushed… 

This was absolutely masterful by Gegard Mousasi, who is arguably the best middleweight on the planet right now. He ended the Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald’s dream of becoming the first ever two-weight champion in the company’s history by putting a horrible beating on the Tristar fighter.

Both men are UFC veterans who moved over from the world’s leading promotion because of disagreements with the top brass and Bellator’s higher financial incentives. The big question was whether or not size matters, because MacDonald walks around at the middleweight cutoff off 185, while Mousasi cuts weight from about 205.

It turns out it definitely does. Nobody expected such a dominant victory for Mousasi. You can watch him display his full power in the video footage below. It’s another brutal beating for MacDonald… He’s a great fighter, but’s he’s taken some batterings in his career.


MacDonald trains with the likes of Georges St. Pierre in Canada’s famed Tristar gym. ‘The Red King’ has come close, but never quite hit his full potential. Even so, he’s still Bellator’s welterweight champion and looked to increase his profile by taking the shot against Dutch-Iranian kickboxer Mousasi.

Mousasi has beaten the likes of former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort in the past. He’s an excellent fighter and there’s little doubt that he’d be competitive against any fighter in his former promotion. Nobody expected him to look this good against MacDonald though.


This was hard to watch. Mousasi successfully defended his title by Round 2 TKO. The first went by with ‘The Dreamcatcher’ using his size and reach to land his jab at will. MacDonald was in trouble from the beginning. Wow, that nose has taken some punishment.

Obviously, he was tired of having his nose busted by the end of the round so he decided early in the 2nd to go for an ankle pick. Big mistake. Mousasi easily defended and ended up in top control. He got full mount and then it was just a matter of time until the inevitable stoppage arrived.

He got into position and rained down elbow after elbow on his fellow champion. MacDonald tried to tough it out, but it was just too much to handle, and finally, the referee intervened. It was tough to watch, but credit to ‘The Red King’ for testing himself.

Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports

Strong Performance

Mousasi has got his first title defense nicely tucked away under his belt now. Is there anybody on the Bellator roster who’ll be able to compete with him right now? He looks pretty indestructible.

Meanwhile, MacDonald will go back down to his natural weight class. Don’t try to play with the big boys if you can’t handle the heat.

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