Bellator London: Mousasi vs. Lovato Jr.

Preview and Predictions for Bellator London: Mousasi vs. Lovato Jr. by Danny Rourke and Darell Garner 

This Saturday Bellator MMA is back in London Town Bellator 223: Mousasi vs. Lovato Jr. LIVE from the SSE Arena in Wembley, London 🇬🇧. Action starts with:
11:30AM/ET       Prelims          Bellator App 4:00PM/ET        Main Card      DAZN
(Main Card will replay at 9PM/ET on the Paramount Network)
Bellator London Main Card Predictions 
Aaron Chalmers (-625) vs. Fred Freeman (+400)
“The Joker” Aaron Chalmers (4-1-0) looks to shake off his first professional loss by putting on another strong showing against Fred Freeman (1-1-0) in front of his home town crowd. The last time the promotion was in London for Bellator 200, Aaron Chalmers put on a tremendous performance in a raucous atmosphere, submitting Ash Griffiths in the First Round via  Standing Guillotine. In February, Chalmers was submitted in the Third Round by Corey Browning (Heel-hook) at Bellator Newcastle, so the Joker hopes a quick turnaround against Fred Freeman will put that loss in his rear view. Freeman was submitted by Baby Slice aka Kevin Ferguson Jr. in his promotional debut at Bellator 187 in November 2017. Freeman better of improved on his Submission defense or he may very well get put to sleep against Chalmers, who has finishes all of his professional wins. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Chalmers via First Round Submission 
D’Bo’s Picks: Chalmers via First Round Submission 
Charlie Ward (-250) vs. Justin Moore (+185) 
SBG Ireland staple Charlie Ward (6-3-0) returns to action to face American Justin Moore (7-3-0) in a Middleweight matchup. Despite coming off of a loss, Justin Moore prepares for his promotional debut having won five of his last six fights by stoppage. Charlie Ward has started off his Bellator Carew with three consecutive wins, defeating John Redmond (KO), Martin Hudson (TKO), and Jamie Stephenson (KO). I’m not sure who will get there hand raised, but I will tell you that this one will not be going the distance. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Moore via First Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Ward via Second Round TKO
James Gallagher (-420)  vs. Jeremiah Labiano (+335)
Whether you love him or hate him, “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (8-1-0) is back in action to collide with Jeremiah “the Kid” Labiano (12-6-0) in a Bantamweight bout. After suffering his first professional loss to Ricky Bandejas, Gallagher handled his loss like a champ and was able to bounce back at Bellator 217 in February, defeating Stephen Graham via First Round Submission (Rear-naked Choke). His opponent, Jeremiah Labiano, has won three of his four fights and is coming off of a First Round TKO victory over Justin Smitley at Bellator 206 last September. Labiano has never been submitted, so I expect Gallagher to have to handle some adversity to earn a Decision win. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Gallagher via Decision 
D’Bo’s Picks: Labiano via Second Round TKO 
Paul Daley (-310) vs. Erick Silva (+255)
Paul “Semtex” Daley (40-17-2) is set to throw down with Erick “A Fierce Tiger” Silva (20-10-0) at Welterweight in what should be an explosive Co-Main Event. Although Paul Daley is coming off of back to back losses and has now lost three of his last four, “Semtex” remains must watch TV and is a constant threat on his feet. In his past two losses to Jon Fitch and Michael “Venom” Page, Paul Daley controlled and beaten on the mat. If Daley can avoid the ground game of Silva, Daley should be able to box his way to a victory. Erick Silva faced a daunting task in his Bellator debut, ultimately losing by Unanimous Decision to undefeated standout Yaroslav Amosov back in February. Silva will be hoping to catch a sliding Daley at the right time, to pull off the upset and get his first promotional win in enemy territory. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Daley via Decision 
D’Bo’s Picks: Daley via First Round KO

MAIN EVENT—Bellator Middleweight Championship 
{C} Gegard Mousasi (-400) vs. Raphael Lovato Jr. (+335)
“The Dreamcatcher” Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) is set to make his second Middleweight title defense against undefeated challenger Raphael Lovato Jr. (9-0-0). One of the best P4P fighters in the world, Gegard Mousasi made quick work of Rory MacDonald in the Welterweight Champion’s bid to become a Bellator two division champ. Mousasi soundly defeated MacDonald at Bellator 206, earning the win via a Second Round TKO stoppage. Mousasi is on a current eight fight win streak, and has not tasted defeat since losing to Uriah Hall in Japan via TKO (Spinning Heel Kick) back in September 2015. Raphael Lovato Jr. has started off his Bellator career with five straight wins, (with four finishes) to earn his shot to become a Mixed Martial Arts World Champion. Lovato Jr. is a decorated multi time  BJJ World Champion and will have a slight height and reach advantage over Mousasi. I believe the start of this fight will be telling. If Lovato can find success grappling and slow Mousasi down, but if Lovato Jr. is unable to weather the storm, it could quick work for the Champion. I am excited to see how this one shakes out. I am going out on a limb and predicting we see a new champion crowned as Lovato Jr. rises to the occasion (which happens to fall on his birthday). 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction🔮: Lovato Jr. via Second Round Submission 
D’Bo’s Picks: Mousasi via Decision 

On July 12, 2019 Bellator MMA returns to the Winstar World Resort and Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma for Bellator 224: Budd vs. Rubin. Share your thoughts and fight picks with us in the Comments section below, and enjoy the fights!! 👊🏻🔌

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