Rory MacDonald changes tune, wants fellow Bellator champ Gegard Mousasi before title defense

Rory MacDonald’s plan to defend his Bellator welterweight title before changing weight classes was altered Friday after witnessing Gegard Mousasi dominate his way to the middleweight belt in the Bellator 200 headliner.

Even before claiming their respective Bellator titles, MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Mousasi (44-6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) have been angling to fight each other at some point after moving over to the promotion from the UFC. They’ve both handled their business in the promotion, and now a champion vs. champion fight could be on the horizon.

MacDonald recently told MMAjunkie he intended to defend his strap before moving up to the middleweight division, but Mousasi’s dominant first-round TKO of Rafael Carvalho (15-2 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) in the Bellator 200 main event changed the Canadian’s mind. MacDonald posted on social media that the fight must happen next (via Twitter):

MacDonald’s post didn’t entirely come under his own volition, it would seem. Mousasi baited him in his post-fight interview after Bellator 200, stating that a matchup with “The Red King” is one fans want to see, but questions whether MacDonald was too “chicken” to do it.

Given his response it would seem MacDonald, who hasn’t fought since winning the Bellator welterweight title from Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 in January, is ready to jump to 185 pounds for the first time in his career and try to become Bellator’s first simultaneous two-division titleholder.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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