This weekend Bellator returns the United Kingdom to hold one of their biggest European events ever, Bellator 223, also known as Bellator London, where we will see Bellator Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi take on undefeated challenger Rafael Lovato Jr. These two warriors were initially scheduled to compete back in January this year but due to an injury, Mousasi was forced to withdraw from the bout.
Also on the main card, we will see the return of Paul “Semtex” Daley who will surely be looking to bounce back with a dominant performance, however, he will have his hands full with the explosive Brazilian Erick Silva. Silva unfortunately lost his Bellator debut back in February and will be hungry to get his first win this weekend, especially over such a top contender in Paul Daley.
The ever so popular Irishman, James Gallagher, will look to raise the roof when he enters the cage and has promised fireworks on the night. Gallagher has displayed incredible ground skills in his previous matchups but he will face a tough test on the ground with his upcoming opponent Jerimiah “The Kid” Labiano who is a BJJ specialist in his own right. With both fighters looking to constantly push the pace, this is a potential fight of the night for sure.
This stacked card has so many names to mention such as Melvin Manhoef, Aaron Chalmers, Fabian Edwards and Mike Shipman just being a few of them.
Complete Bellator 223 / Bellator London results below:
Bellator London: Mousasi vs. Lovato Jr. – Live on Channel 5
*10 p.m. BST*
Middleweight World Title Main Event: Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. – Rafael Lovato Jr. via Unanimous Decision
Light Heavyweight Bout: Melvin Manhoef vs. Kent Kauppinen – Melvin Manhoef via Unanimous Decision
160-lb. Catchweight Bout: Aaron Chalmers vs. Fred Freeman – Aaron Chalmers via Round 2 Submission (4.05)
Bellator 223: Daley vs Silva – Live on Sky Sports
*9 p.m. BST*
Welterweight Feature Bout: Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva – Paul Daley via Unanimous Decision
140-lb. Catchweight Bout: James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano – James Gallagher via Unanimous Decision
Middleweight Bout: Fabian Edwards vs. Jonathan Bosuku – Fabian Edwards via Unanimous Decision
Middleweight Bout: Mike Shipman vs. Costello van Steenis – Costello van Steenis via Round 2 KO (1.34)
Middleweight Bout: Charlie Ward vs. Justin Moore – Charlie Ward via Round 3 TKO (3:23)
Preliminary Fight Card (Live on the Bellator app)
*4:30 p.m. BST*
Welterweight Bout: Walter Gahadza vs. Oliver Enkamp – Oliver Enkamp via Round 1 Submission (4:54)
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Denise Kielholtz vs. Bryony Tyrell – Denise Kielholtz via Round 3 TKO (2.48)
Lightweight Bout: Chris Bungard vs. Charlie Leary – Charlie Leary via Unanimous Decision
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Kate Jackson vs. Lena Ovchynnikova – Kate Jackson via Round 1 TKO (4.20)
161-lb. Catchweight Bout: Terry Brazier vs. Alessandro Botti – Terry Brazier via Round 3 Submission (2:17)
Featherweight Bout: Nathan Rose vs. Luke Ord – Luke Ord via Unanimous Decision
Lightweight Bout: Alfie Davis vs. Jorge Kanella – Alfie Davis via Unanimous Decision
Welterweight Bout: Justin Burlinson vs. Wendle Lewis- Justin Burlinson via Round 1 KO (0:09)
Welterweight Bout: Galore Bofando vs. Kevin McCabe – Galore Bofando via Unaninous Decision
Middleweight Bout: Kevin Fryer vs. John Redmond – Kevin Fryer via Split Decision
Bantamweight Bout: Nathan Greyson vs. Frans Mlambo – Frans Mlambo via Round 2 Submission (4:22)