Gegard Mousasi Rafael Lovato (Picture: Bellator)Gegard Mousasi was consoled by Rafael Lovato Jr’s mother after her son stripped the champion to become the new Bellator middleweight king.
Lovato Jr edged a tight contest in London, with his expert jiu-jitsu proving the difference on the night.
Mousasi came back into the fight in the third and fourth round, knocking Lovato Jr down and opening up a nasty cut on the side of the challenger’s head.
But Lovato Jr’s successful takedown early in the final round gave the American the chance to spend the remainder of the round on the canvas.
Mousasi leaves immediately after being stripped of his title, Lovato in tears in the cage #BellatorLondon pic.twitter.com/IKiB55S8EU
— Coral Barry (@Coral__Barry) June 22, 2019
Lovato Jr made his superior jiu-jitsu skills count (Picture: Bellator)Mousasi defended submission attempts, but relinquished his title to Lovato Jr moments later when two of the three judges saw it 48-47 for the challenger.
The beaten champion left the cage immediately after hearing the judges’ decision, but was stopped by Lovato Jr’s mother.
She consoled Mousasi, who accepted her commiserations, before disappearing backstage.
#AndNew – @LovatoJrBJJ gets the win and the belt at #Bellator223.
A very happy birthday indeed! pic.twitter.com/90d4e5p5dD
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) June 22, 2019
Lovato Jr was in tears after the fight (Picture: Bellator)While Mousasi was making his exit, Lovato Jr fell to his knees and broke down in tears as he became a Bellator champion in just his tenth pro MMA fight.
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