Bellator 206: Mousasi vs. MacDonald Main Card Results:
Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) defeated Rory MacDonald (20-5) via TKO (punches) at 3:23 of round two
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (38-13) defeated Wanderlei Silva (35-14) via TKO (punches) at 4:32 of round two
Douglas Lima (30-7) defeated Andrey Koreshkov (21-3) via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:04 of round five
Aaron Pico (4-1) defeated Leandro Higo (18-5) via KO (punches) at 3:19 of round one
Keri Taylor-Melendez (3-0) defeated Dakota Zimmerman (0-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Gaston Bolanos (4-1) defeated Ysidro Gutierrez (4-3) via knockout (punches) at 1:37 of round two.
Preliminary Card Results:
Adam Piccolotti (11-2) defeated James Terry (20-10) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Jeremiah Labiano (12-6) defeated Justin Smitley (10-8-1) via TKO (punches) at 3:28 of round one
Arlene Blencowe (11-7) defeated Amber Leibrock (3-2) via TKO (slam, punches) at 1:23 of round three
Josh San Diego (8-4) defeated Joe Neal (6-4) via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Chuck Campbell (1-0) defeated Joseph Ramirez (1-2) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Anthony Figueroa Jr. (1-0) defeated Samuel Romero (0-2) via unanimous decision (29-27, 28-26, 29-26)
Cass Bell (2-0) defeated Ty Costa (3-4) via verbal submission (armbar) 3:06 of round two
Complete Bellator 206 Weigh-in Results:
Middleweight World Title Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (184.4) vs. Rory MacDonald (184.9)
Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (254.4) vs. Wanderlei Silva (226.9)
Welterweight World Grand Prix First Round Bout: Douglas Lima (170) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (169.3)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Aaron Pico (145.7) vs. Leandro Higo (145.1)
Women’s Strawweight Main Card Bout: Keri Taylor-Melendez (116) vs. Dakota Zimmerman (115.6)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Gaston Bolanos (145.2) vs. Ysidro Gutierrez (145.3)
160-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Adam Piccolotti (159.1) vs. James Terry (160)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jeremiah Labiano (144.9) vs. Justin Smitley (144.2)
Women’s Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Amber Leibrock (145.4) vs. Arlene Blencowe (145.3)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Josh San Diego (139.2) vs. Joe Neal (139.9)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Cass Bell (136) vs. Ty Costa (136)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Isaiah Gonzalez (135.8) vs. Khai Wu (136)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jacob Ycaro (145.3) vs. Ignacio Ortiz (144.9)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Laird Anderson (145.8) vs. Ahmed Abdelaziz (147.3)*
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Chuck Campbell (205.6) vs. Joseph Ramirez (202.4)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Anthony Figueroa Jr. (156) vs. Samuel Romero (156)
Bellator 206: Mousasi vs. MacDonald, the inaugural exclusive Bellator event on DAZN, will feature not only some of the greatest names in the sport, but some of the sport’s biggest on-air talent broadcasting outside of the cage.
Emanating from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. this Saturday, Bellator 206 will bring together an on-air all-star team including Mauro Ranallo and “Big” John McCarthy calling all the action cageside. Renowned sports broadcaster Jay Glazer will host the desk with expert commentary and analysis from Chael Sonnen and Josh Thomson. Mike Goldberg and Jenn Brown will provide behind-the-scenes updates and breaking news as roving reporters throughout the night. Veteran announcer Michael C. Williams will serve in his customary role as in-cage announcer.
Mauro Ranallo is a versatile and dynamic combat sports broadcaster well-regarded for his excitement, passion and knowledge of combat sports. His lengthy resume includes Showtime Boxing, WWE, Strikeforce, PRIDE, and has the distinction of being the first announcer to call boxing, MMA, kickboxing and professional wrestling. Ranallo joined the Bellator announce team in 2017. A social activist, his recently released documentary, Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller was met with critical acclaim.
“Big” John McCarthy was a renowned MMA referee spanning nearly a quarter century, officiating many of the biggest events in the sport’s history. Now McCarthy, in his first year as a broadcaster for Bellator, shares his wealth of knowledge and insight with a global television audience.
Acclaimed NFL Insider at FOX Sports, Jay Glazer will host Bellator’s coverage of Bellator 206. The veteran broadcaster is one of the most recognizable sports personalities on television and possesses a vast understanding of MMA along with owning the popular training facility Unbreakable Performance Center in West Hollywood, Calif. for top-level athletes.
Chael Sonnen, currently a semifinalist in Bellator’s World Heavyweight Grand Prix, is among the most popular and recognizable fighters and personalities in the sport. An All-American wrestler at the University of Oregon, the world-class grappler has fought the biggest names in the history of MMA, from “Rampage” Jackson to Anderson Silva to Jon Jones. A former contestant on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, he has provided MMA commentary for ESPN since 2014, including hosting the weekly show Ariel and the Bad Guy with Ariel Helwani.
Josh Thomson is a former Strikeforce lightweight world champion who joined Bellator in 2015, and won has two of his three fights with the promotion. The exciting and outspoken fighter, known as “The Punk,” also has a budding acting and on-air announcing career.
Mike Goldberg, a popular veteran sports announcer, joined the Bellator announce team in 2017. With over a decade behind the microphone, Goldberg is one of the most recognizable voices in all of MMA. His resume also includes calling nearly 1000 NHL games for the Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild, play-by-play for SEC, Big Ten, ACC college basketball and football and sideline reporter for the Chicago Bulls.
Jenn Brown joined Bellator in 2017 and is a two-time Emmy-award winner. A former Division I collegiate athlete for the University of Florida, the well-regarded on-air sports reporter has reported from the sidelines of the biggest college football and baseball games for ESPN. Brown was the first female correspondent for Inside the NFL and can be regularly seen covering both boxing and MMA. She spent eight years as a reporter and host for ESPN and sidelined the smash-hit show American Ninja Warrior.
Michael C. Williams has served as the in-ring voice of Bellator since 2010, covering events all over the globe. In is his 19th year as a ring announcer, the well-accomplished announcer has worked events ranging from boxing to marathons with prominent networks including HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Spike/Paramount Network, NBC and CBS, among others.
About Bellator 206: Mousasi vs. MacDonald:
This epic event on Saturday, Sept. 29 from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. card features the highly anticipated middleweight title fight pitting current champ Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) against 170-pound titleholder Rory MacDonald (20-4), who is moving up a weight class for a title shot against the 185-pound champ, along with the fourth fight in the legendary rivalry between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-13) and Wanderlei Silva(35-13). Also included on Sept. 29, will be the opening bout of Bellator’s first-ever Welterweight World Grand Prix between Douglas Lima (29-7) and Andrey Koreshkov (21-2), which will feature eight of the best welterweight fighters on the planet. The Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix will be a major component of the first year of the multi-year agreement between Bellator and DAZN.
Bellator 206 Main Card:
Middleweight World Title Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (20-4)
Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-13) vs. Wanderlei Silva (35-13)
Welterweight World Grand Prix Main Card Bout: Douglas Lima (29-7) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (21-2)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Aaron Pico (3-1) vs. Leandro Higo (18-4)
Women’s Strawweight Main Card Bout: Keri Taylor-Melendez (2-0) vs. Dakota Zimmerman (Pro Debut)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Gaston Bolanos (3-1) vs. Ysidro Gutierrez (4-2)
160-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Adam Piccolotti (10-2) vs. James Terry (20-9)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jeremiah Labiano (11-6) vs. Justin Smitley (10-7-1)
Women’s Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Amber Leibrock (3-1) vs. Arlene Blencowe (10-7)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Josh San Diego (7-4) vs. Joe Neal (6-3)
175-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Abraham Vaseau (3-1) vs. DeMarco Villalona (2-3)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Cass Bell (1-0) vs. Ty Costa (3-3)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Isaiah Gonzalez (2-0) vs. Khai Wu (2-1)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jacob Ycaro (1-0) vs. Ignacio Ortiz (1-0)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Laird Anderson (Pro Debut) vs. Ahmed Abdelaziz (Pro Debut)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Chuck Campbell (Pro Debut) vs. Joseph Ramirez (1-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Anthony Figueroa Jr. (Pro Debut) vs. Samuel Romero (0-1)
*Fight card subject to change.
Just a few days before Bellator 206: Mousasi vs. MacDonald, the inaugural exclusive Bellator event on DAZN, fighters from the stacked main card took the Bay Area by storm yesterday and left no stone left unturned as they drummed up further excitement for their highly-anticipated battles in the cage this Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Headline fighter and current Bellator Welterweight World Champion Rory MacDonald (20-4), who is moving up a weight class for a new middleweight title shot against current champ Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2), visited Day 2 of the Golden State Warriors training camp in Oakland. He was joined by Douglas Lima(29-7), who will be competing against Andrey Koreshkov (21-2) in the opening bout of Bellator’s first-ever Welterweight World Grand Prix, a major component of the first year of the multi-year agreement between Bellator and DAZN. In a meeting of champs, the athletes mixed and mingled on the court, with more than one Warriors player revealing themselves to be diehard MMA fans.
Rory MacDonald and his long-time fan, Jonas Jerebko of the Warriors, who wished the Bellator MMA fighter good luck for Saturday and took to social to praise him as someone who “always puts on a show.”
Wanderlei Silva (35-13), who is co-headlining Bellator 206 with the fourth fight in his legendary rivalry against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-13), was stationed just further south as a special guest at the San Francisco 49ers practice in San Jose. Joining him were MMA icon Royce Gracie and Josh Thomson, former Strikeforce lightweight world champion who was just announced yesterday as an on-air commentator for DAZN’s exclusive stream of this Saturday’s card. Collectively, the guys chopped it up and – quite literally, in some instances – faced off with Coach Kyle Shanahan, GM John Lynch, and several of the players.
Meanwhile, over in Menlo Park, MacDonald’s opponent Gegard Mousasi enjoyed a VIP tour of the Facebook campus and explored his way through the house that Zuckerberg built – including checking out first-hand the new Oculus Rift as well as getting in some “fight” training…old school video game style.
Gegard Mousasi gets his virtual fight training on with the brand new Oculus Rift 5.
Finally, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson blanketed the entire Bay Area as he promoted the fight, hitting up stops from Sports Byline Radio to Barstool Sports Radio to Wild 94.9 to NBC Bay Area Sports to many, many more – successfully driving more eyeballs to his buzzed about showdown against long-time rival Silva.
…all in a Bay day’s work. The main card portion of the history-making Bellator 206 starts at 10pm ET on Friday, Sept. 29 at the SAP Center in San Jose and will be live streamed exclusively on DAZN.
JUDE SAMUEL TO LEAD BELLATOR’S EUROPEAN TALENT RELATIONS AND MATCHMAKING
LOS ANGELES – Bellator President Scott Coker announced today that Jude Samuel will head Bellator’s European fighter relations, talent development and matchmaking efforts. Samuel, who most recently served as VP of Talent Relations for BAMMA in London, joins Bellator as the organization continues its global expansion with announced plans for a western Europe-based fight series.
“We are pleased to welcome Jude to the Bellator team,” said Coker. “His familiarity with the U.K. and European MMA landscape will be instrumental as we move to create a greater presence for Bellator in those markets. I look forward to working with him as we continue the overall growth of the brand and the organization.”
Samuel will continue to be based in London, where has worked in mixed martial arts for over 15 years. Prior to serving as BAMMA’s matchmaker, Samuel owned European Fight Network Sports, a site dedicated to martial arts event coverage and the development of the grappling circuit in the U.K.
“Sometimes you have to follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your deserving destination,” said Samuel. “Bellator is extremely passionate about the grass roots development of our beloved sport. My appointment as a U.K. and Western Europe-based matchmaker clearly states that. This is not only my opportunity, but something that will benefit the high-level athletes in Europe, and the generations of the cream of the crop athletes to follow. As a matchmaker and avid martial artist, nothing could excite me more.”
A 2x IBJJF European Champion, Samuel is one of the U.K.’s first Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts and currently runs his academy at the Inglorious Grapplers Gym in Central London, in addition to teaching guest seminars throughout the year.