For the second weekend in a row, Bellator MMA is back in action. This week, the promotion makes a trip to London, England for Saturday night’s Bellator 223 (also titled Bellator London.)
This card is tape-delayed to the United States audience on Paramount Network, DAZN and the Bellator mobile app.
Bellator has split the event into two main cards.
Prelims and the first main card begin the day at 11:30 a.m. EDT, 8:30 a.m. PDT, followed by main card action at 5 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. PDT on the Bellator MMA app.
The second undercard begins on DAZN and the Bellator app at 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT this Saturday evening. Main card action airs and streams on Paramount Network and DAZN, respectively at 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT.
This event will be aired live to audiences in the United Kingdom on Channel Five and Sky Sports.
Viewers in Ireland can tune into Bellator 223 on the promotion’s newest television partner, Virgin Media Sport, in the first event of the new pact.
Highlighting the London card is a Bellator Middleweight title fight between incumbent champion Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) and Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0).
This is a rescheduling of a canceled contest between the two of them from Bellator 214 in January.
As is customary, this title fight will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
Heading into this Saturday night’s main event, Rafael Lovato Jr. is the taller contestant, standing 6-foot-3, two inches taller than Gegard Mousasi’s 6-foot-1 frame.
Both contenders have posted perfect 5-0 records in their last five MMA appearances.
For Mousasi, his most recent win occurred during Bellator 206 last September in a second-round knockout (ground and pound) against Rory MacDonald in the first Bellator event exclusive to DAZN.
In the other corner, Lovato’s last MMA win occurred during Bellator 205 by first-round submission (rear-naked choke) against John Salter in the first Bellator event simulcast on DAZN.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Lovato has a 1.5-inch reach advantage (77.5 inches to 76 inches) over Mousasi.
Prediction: Rafael Lovato Jr. by first-round knockout.
Other fights on Saturday’s main card:
Paul Daley (40-17-2) vs. Erick Silva (20-10) [Welterweight, co-main event]
James Gallagher (8-1) vs. Jeremiah Labiano (12-6) [catchweight- 140 lbs.]
Mike Shipman (13-1) vs. Costello van Steenis (11-1) [Middleweight]
Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1) vs. Kent Kauppinen (11-4) [Light Heavyweight]
Fabian Edwards (7-0) vs. Jonathan Bosuku (7-4) [Middleweight]
Charlie Ward (6-3) vs. Justin Moore (7-3) [Middleweight]
Aaron Chalmers (4-1) vs. Fred Freeman [catchweight- 160 lbs.]
Bellator 223/ Bellator London at a Glance:
Prelims: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT, DAZN & Bellator app (tape-delayed to United States)
Main Card: Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT, DAZN & Paramount Network (tape-delayed to United States)
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