Bellator presents its next tentpole event, as Bellator 206 takes place on Sept. 29 from the SAP Arena in San Jose.
The main event features Gegard Mousasi defending the middleweight championship for the first time against current welterweight champion Rory MacDonald.
The co-main event, in heavyweight action, has former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson battling former PRIDE two-division Wanderlei Silva for the fourth time.
Also, taking place at the show, will be the beginning of the welterweight tournament with former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov squaring off.
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In his last fight, Mousasi (44-6-2) captured the title, beating Rafael Carvalho by first-round TKO at Bellator 200 in May. He will come into Bellator 206 on a roll, winning seven consecutive bouts, including both of his Bellator contests.
MacDonald (20-4), who will also be in the welterweight tournament, won the welterweight crown by notching a unanimous decision victory over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 in January. “The Red King” has also won both of his Bellator outings heading into the biggest fight of his career.
“It’s a dream come true,” MacDonald told Sporting News in June. “I’m really happy. God answered my prayers and here we are. Also, the welterweight tournament was announced. I’m really excited for this year. There’s so many great opportunities coming. I’m really living the dream.”
Jackson and Silva have one of the most storied rivalries in the history of MMA. Silva (35-13, 1 no contest) won their first battle by first-round TKO at Pride Final Conflict in Nov. 2003 and the rematch by second-round knockout at Pride 28 in Oct. 2004.
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In the trilogy bout, a little more than four years later in Dec. 2008 at UFC 92, Jackson (37-13) won by first-round knockout.
“I don’t like him,” Jackson also told Sporting News in June. “I hate his guts. He is my biggest rival. I don’t care if I fight him 100 times. I love punching him in the face. I don’t like that he’s a bully. He’s got a big mouth. I don’t like his face because it looks like he’s had plastic surgery.”
Lima (29-7) is a two-time welterweight champion. He had won the title from Rick Hawn at Bellator 117 and lost it to Koreshkov in his first title defense at Bellator 140. He won the title back in the rematch by third-round TKO at Bellator 164 in Nov. 2016. He defended the belt once before losing to MacDonald at Bellator 192 in January.
Bellator 206 is the biggest event in the nine-year history of the promotion. Mousasi vs. MacDonald is not only one of the biggest fights in MMA right now, but the biggest in promotional history. Add in the ultimate grudge match between two legends of the sport, and you have the makings of a landmark event.
(All times are Eastern.)
Bellator 206 date, start time
Bellator 206 takes place on Saturday, Sept. 29. Start time has yet to be announced.
How to watch Bellator 206
The entire Bellator 206 event can be seen only via DAZN’s live stream. The streaming service will launch in the United States on Sept. 10 at $9.99/month with the first month free, so Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin and Bellator 206 plus more would be free for new subscribers.
Bellator 206 fight card
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald for Mousasi’s Middleweight title
- Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva; Heavyweight
- Start of welterweight tournament