Former UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald defeated Douglas Lima by unanimous choice in a five-round battle to say the welterweight championship at Bellator 192 in Inglewood, Calif.
MacDonald, who as soon as unsuccessfully challenged for the UFC welterweight title, appeared to endure a grotesque shin damage within the third spherical, however gutted out a scrappy efficiency within the ultimate two rounds Saturday night time. The British Columbia native took a lot harm all through the bout that he wanted to be carried out of the ring.
MacDonald narrowly took the primary spherical. He maintained a dominant place over Lima in opposition to the cage after which on the bottom, however didn’t land many vital strikes earlier than the referee stood up each fighters within the ultimate seconds of the body.
Within the second spherical, Lima and MacDonald opened by jockeying for place in opposition to the cage. They exchanged strikes standing up as MacDonald managed the tempo earlier than hitting Lima with an apparently unintentional low blow. The Canadian tried to make use of his wrestling to achieve a bonus, however Lima held off MacDonald’s takedown makes an attempt. Neither fighter dominated, although Lima’s lack of offense possible triggered judges to attain in favor of the challenger.
MacDonald continued to grind Lima in opposition to the cage to begin the third spherical, and ultimately took his opponent to the mat across the three-minute mark as the group started booing. After he did little to no harm on the bottom, the referee stood up the combatants. That gave Lima some momentum, and he started to regulate the tempo within the stand-up. He caught MacDonald with a leg kick that despatched him to the mat and jumped on high for the ultimate minute of motion.
After a powerful begin to the second half of the scheduled five-round matchup, Lima completely defended a takedown and gained full-mount place. Cameras captured the great swelling on MacDonald’s left shin from the third-round leg kick. The referee stood up each fighters midway by the spherical, however the challenger instantly shot for one more takedown to keep away from standing on his broken leg. MacDonald gained place on high for the ultimate minute of the body, however, as within the earlier rounds, he did not trigger any harm from that stance.
MacDonald managed to as soon as once more achieve high place early within the fifth spherical. He was rather more lively on the bottom this time, and opened up a minimize over Lima’s eye. As each rivals have been coated in blood, MacDonald methodically pounded Lima for nearly 4 minutes to shut the spherical and declare the welterweight title.
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