Mixed Martial Arts’ next must-see event is here, as Bellator 206 takes place from the SAP Arena in San Jose, California, live and exclusively on DAZN.
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The main event, in perhaps the biggest fight in company history, features Gegard Mousasi defending the middleweight championship for the first time against current welterweight champion Rory MacDonald in what should be a mega bout.
The co-main event, in heavyweight action, pits former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson against former PRIDE two-division champion Wanderlei Silva for the fourth time. Silva owns a 2-1 edge in their rivalry.
The welterweight tournament will also kick off with former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov squaring off.
Mousasi (44-6-2) captured the middleweight title, beating Rafael Carvalho by first-round TKO at Bellator 200 in May. He enters Saturday night on a roll, having won 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.
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 November 2003 and the rematch by second-round knockout at Pride 28 in October 2004. In the trilogy bout, a little more than four years later in December 2008 at UFC 92, Jackson (37-13) won by first-round KO. Who will get the latest — and maybe final bragging rights — in the rivalry?
On paper, this is the biggest card Bellator has ever put on.
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Bellator 206 results
Aaron Pico blasts through Leandro Higo
11:20 p.m.: Pico def. Higo by TKO at 3:19 of the first round. A fantastic performance.. Became obvious from the get-go, the fight would end by knockout as Higo and Pico were trading the heavy artillery. Really Pico mixing it up and started to use kicks to help setup his punches. The former Golden Gloves boxing champion sent Higo packing, dropping him a vicious overhand right hand and then Pico went to work. Hard shots to the body and to the head and Higo wasn’t defending himself.
Pretty shameful the referee was out of position because the fight should have after four punches in. Higo shouldn’t have had to be knocked out from a standing elbow, stumble to the ground and get blasted with another shot for the fight to end.
The best win of Pico’s career. He showed he’s for real and lived up to the hype as the best prospect in the sport. Hopefully, Bellator slows him down a tad and garner more experience.
11:13 p.m.: Coming up at Bellator 206, Aaron Pico battles Leandro Higo in featherweight action. Since losing his debut last year to Zack Freeman, Pico’s won three consecutive bouts, all coming by stoppage. But this is without a doubt the toughest test for the 22-year-old, as Higo is a 22-fight veteran. Will Pico shine or does Higo spoil the party?
Keri Melendez outstrikes Dakota Zimmerman for split decision victory
10:56 p.m.: Melendez def. Zimemrman by split decison (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Better-than-expected fight. Zimmerman showed more than many expected by using her grappling attack to fluster Melendez. The wife of former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez, showed great striking by continuously pounding Zimmerman’s body and then going upstairs. A close battle, but the judges got it right. If Zimmerman shows improved striking combined with her jiu-jitsu, watch out because the talent is there. Melendez remains undefeated through three pro fights.
10:44 p.m.: Highly entertaining first round. Melendez was superior with her kicks and elbows in the upright position. But Zimmerman nearly finished Melendez by catching her in a triangle, transitioning to an armbar. Thankfully for Melendez, the round came to a close.
10:35 p.m.: Up next at Bellator 206, Keri Melendez takes on Dakota Zimmerman. Melendez has won both of her fights since transitioning to MMA from kickboxing. Should be cake walk for Melendez.
Gaston Bolanos finishes off Ysidro Gutierrez
10:26 p.m.: Bolanos def. Gutierrez by knockout at 1:37 of the second round. Great performance from Bolanos. The fight came to end when Bolanos clipped Gutierrez with a left hook right above the ear. Bolanos quickly took Gutierrez’s back and connected on a series of left and right hands to finish it off. All four of Bolanos’ wins have come via stoppage.
10:13 p.m.: Kicking off the main card at Bellator 206 are featherweights Gaston Bolanos and Ysidro Gutierrez. After suffering the first loss of his career, Bolanos has won back-to-back fights. Gutierrez comes in having won two of his last three bouts. Young prospects starting this evening’s festivities.
10:09 p.m.: Two things I like about the broadcast coming out of the gate. You have a backstage crew that are in the locker rooms and the analysts inside the arena. Makes the card feel bigger.
10:02 p.m.: The main card is about to begin. Like how Bellator has the key fighters on the show come on the stage and have a staredown. Gives each fight a bigger feel.
9:48 p.m.: Piccolotti def. Terry by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Have to be impressed with Piccolotti. The way he worked the jab was a thing of beauty. Worked everything off of that and you can see how effective it was, as Terry’s face was a bloody mess. Give Terry credit for hanging tough and never giving up, though. After suffering back-to-back losses, the 30-year-old Piccolotti has now pulled off two straight wins.
9:35 p.m.: Piccolotti’s pace is starting wear on Terry. Only a matter of time before Piccolotti finishes him off.
9:32 p.m.: Terry is throwing bombs and trying to put Piccolotti away, while Piccolotti is methodical and chopping him down to the body and then going up top. Smart strategy.
9:26 p.m.: In the headlining fight of the Bellator 206 prelims, James Terry battles Adam Piccolotti at a catchweight of 160 pounds.
9:24 p.m.: Bell def. Costa by submission (armbar) at 3:06 of the second round. Slick submission by Bell. He rolled Costa over, locked in the arm and rolled onto his stomach, with Costa immediately tapping out. Bell has now won the first two fights of his career. Like how Bellator showcases the fighters who live in the area. Common sense as it helps sell more tickets.
9:11 p.m.: Right now at Bellator 206, Cass Bell faces Ty Costa in bantamweight action.
9:09 p.m.: Blencowe def. Leibrock by TKO at 1:23 of the third round. Very good striking battle. The end of the fight triggered memories of Rampage Jackson power bombing Ricardo Arona in Pride back in 2004, when Blencowe picked Leibrock up and slammed her to the ground. Leibrock’s head bounced off the mat. A few ground-and-pound punches later and the fight was stopped. Impressive move and a great finish.
PICK UP. SLAM. :boom:
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9:02 p.m.: Excellent striking battle thus far. Blencove is connecting on the crisper shots from distance.
8:51 p.m.: Coming up at Bellator 206, Arlene Blencove faces off against Amber Leibrock in women’s feattherweight action.
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8:49 p.m.: Fabiano def. Smiley by TKO at 3:28 of the first round. All Fabiano from the opening bell. Smiley had no answer for the striking of Fabiano. Fabiano dropped Smiley and pounded him out for the victory. The native of California has now won three of his last four matches.
8:41 p.m.: Up next at Bellator 206, Justin Smitley takes on Jeremiah Labiano in featherweight action.
8:39 p.m.: San Diego def. Neal via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28). Can see this is already going to be an interesting night in terms of the judging. No way San Diego won all three rounds nor did Neal win the fight. Both guys left it all there, but it came down to that late takedown by San Diego to lock up the victory and snap his three-fight losing streak.
8:32 p.m.: San Diego is a bloddy mess. Can he muster a rally in the final two minutes?
8:26 p.m.: Anybody’s fight heading into the third and final round.
8:16 p.m.: The undercard of Bellator 206 is underway with Joe Neal clashing with Josh San Diego in bantamweight action.
7:30 p.m.: Gegard Mousasi, Rory MacDonald, Rampage Jackson and Wanderlei Silva tip the scales to make their respective fights official for Bellator 206.
Bellator 206 fight card
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald for Mousasi’s Middleweight title
- Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva; Heavyweight
- Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov; Welterweight
- Aaron Pico vs. Leandro Higo; Featherweight
- Keri Melendez vs. Dakota Zimmerman; Women’s Strawweight
- Ignacio Ortiz vs. Jacob Ycaro; Featherweight
- Abraham Vaesau vs. DeMarco Villalona; Middleweight
- Arlene Blencowe vs. Amber Leibrock; Women’s Featherweight
- Adam Piccolotti vs. James Terry; Catchweight (160 lbs)
- Gaston Bolanos vs. Ysidro Gutierrez; Featherweight
- Justin Smitley vs. Jeremiah Labiano; Featherweight
- Joe Neal vs. Josh San Diego; Bantamweight
- Chuck Campbell vs. Joseph Ramirez; Light Heavyweight
- Anthony Figueroa vs. Samuel Romero; Lightweight
- Isaiah Batin-Gonzalez vs. Khai Wu; Bantamweight
- Ricky Abdelaziz vs. Laird Anderson; Featherweight
- Don Mohammed vs. Salvador Becerra; Lightweight
- Cass Bell vs. Ty Costa; Bantamweight
Bellator 206 latest news
– Gegard Mousasi tells Sporting News that facing Rory MacDonald is potentially MMA’s biggest superfight.
– A lot of big fights have taken place inside the Bellator cage. SN ranks the biggest of them all.
– SN takes a look at one of Bellator’s top prospects.
– A look at Rory MacDonald’s journey from the protege of Georges St-Pierre to possible two-division world champion.
– 50 Cent to hand out a large sum of money to the winner of the Bellator welterweight grand prix.
– What will a victory at Bellator 206 do for Aaron Pico?
– Mousasi explains to SN how facing MacDonald is just another world title fight.