Gegard Mousasi (48-7-2) defeated #1-John Salter (18-5) via TKO (punches) at 2:07 of round three.
Gegard Mousasi’s near-perfect run as a Bellator MMA middleweight continued on Friday, as he defended his 185-pound championship against John Salter in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Mousasi (48-7-2) earned a TKO finish at 2:07 of the third round, via unanswered strikes on the ground. The 36-year-old veteran weathered an early, grappling-heavy approach from Salter (18-5) before dominating him from top position in the second and third rounds.
A former NAIA national wrestling champion, Salter went for broke in the opening round with takedown attempts. He did manage to get Mousasi down, but appeared to wear himself out in the process. Mousasi was clearly the fresher of the two after the opening five minutes, and easily imposed his will the rest of the way.
Gegard Mousasi following retaining his middleweight title:
“He’s a southpaw so everything is more difficult. It was a little bit more difficult to get my punches in, but other than that I felt good. I’m way stronger than people think. Maybe I look skinny but I’m a lot stronger and physically I was the stronger guy in there. On top, I felt like I could just pressure him, put my weight on him and hurt him with my punches. Make him feel the pressure. It was a five-rounder so in my mind, I’m saying ‘Okay, don’t do everything now because we can go five.’”
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