Bellator MMA hosts the second of two back-to-back nights of fights. Last night’s Bellator 231 fight card is followed by Bellator 232 tonight from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The main event was a rematch between welterweight champion Rory MacDonald and former champion Douglas Lima.
The last time Douglas Lima fought in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix, it was the smallest mistake by his opponent which got him the victory. At Bellator 221 Lima capitalized on a small mistake by Michael Venom Page and landed a vicious knockout blow to advance to the World Grand Prix Finals and a rematch with champion Rory MacDonald.
Attention to small detail is what made Lima successful against MVP, but they also have cost him in the past as well. Speaking to the media ahead of Bellator 232, President Scott Coker even pointed out those small details in the first fight between the two Lima and MacDonald, noting that if Lima would’ve made small adjustments in their first meeting, things could’ve gone his way. Instead, it was MacDonald coming out victorious at Bellator 192 in January of 2018, but now Lima has the chance to avenge that loss.
Avenge he did as Lima scored favorably on all judges’ scorecards to recapture the gold.
Bellator 232 main card (DAZN at 10 p.m. ET)
Douglas Lima defeated Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
Paul Daley defeated Saad Awad via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:30
Patrick Mix defeated Isaiah Chapman via submission (Suloev stretch) – Round 1, 3:49
Manny Muro defeatedbNick Newell via split decision (29-28, 27-29, 29-28)
Kevin Ferguson Jr. defeated Craig Campbell via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:38
Bellator 232 prelims (Bellator.com at 6:45 p.m. ET)
Lance Gibson Jr. defeated Dominic Jones via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:58
Devin Powell defeated Marcus Surin via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 5:00
Zarrukh Adashev defeated Tevin Dyce via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:39
Ryan Hardy Evans defeated Demetrios Plaza via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:03
Jornel Lugo defeated John Douma via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
John Lopez defeated Dan Cormier via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)