Tomorrow one welterweight Bellator will become a millionaire. Douglas Lima versus Rory MacDonald in the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix final. Champion versus former champion, the belt is on the line as well as a one million dollar payday for winning the tournament.
These 2 gentlemen have fought each other before with MacDonald earning a championship victory and taking the belt away from Lima their previous matchup. This should be a very entertaining fight as Lima has vowed to make this fight completely different than their last matchup and guarantees that he will reclaim his title and walk away with a million dollars.
One other fight on this card that has me very interested is Nick Newell vs. Manny Muro. Newell makes his 2nd appearance with Bellator tomorrow night and is looking to secure his 2nd win inside the Bellator cage in his home state of Connecticut.
Bellator 232 takes place Saturday at The Mohegan Sun Arena. The main card be streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.
The Bellator 232 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (DAZN, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Rory MacDonald (169.25) vs. Douglas Lima (169.25) – for the welterweight title, the welterweight tournament final
Saad Awad (173) vs. Paul Daley (174.75) – 175-pound catchweight
Isaiah Chapman (136.25)* vs. Patrick Mix (136)
Manny Muro (160) vs. Nick Newell (159.75) – 160-pound catchweight
Cris Lencioni (145.25) vs. Robin van Roosmalen (155.25)**
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 6:45 p.m. ET)
Ryan Hardy Evans (170) vs. Demetrios Plaza (170)
Craig Campbell (158) vs. Kevin Ferguson Jr. (160) – 160-pound catchweight
Lance Gibson Jr. (155) vs. Dominic Jones (154.25)
Devin Powell (155.25) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Dan Cormier (125.5) vs. John Lopez (124)
John Douma (135) vs. Jornel Lugo (136)
Zarrukh Adashev (125.5) vs. Tevin Dyce (125.25)
*Chapman was a quarter-pound over the bantamweight limit.
**Van Roosmalen missed the featherweight limit by more than 9 pounds. Commission head Mike Mazzulli told MMA Junkie Van Roosmalen will be required to fight at lightweight moving forward. Lencioni declined to take the fight at a catchweight, so that bout is canceled. A prelim fight will be moved to the main card and will be announced later today.
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