Gegard Mousasi vs Rafael Lovato Jr co-headlines Bellator 214
Gegard Mousasi / Pic: Bellator

Bellator 214 takes place at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on January 27 (AEDT). MMA event is headlined by the Finals of the Heavyweight World Grand Prix featuring Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) up against the current light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (26-5). On Tuesday the promotion announced a co-main event bout, as well as three additional matchups.

The reigning middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) defends his title against undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0).

“Fighting out of Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands, Gegard Mousasi will be looking to follow-up his decisive TKO victory over Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 in what will be his second title defense since becoming champion earlier this year. “The Dreamcatcher” is currently in the midst of an impressive eight-fight win streak that dates back to 2016. The 33-year-old judo black belt has dominated the stacked middleweight class since signing with Bellator in 2017, collecting three victories in as many bouts, including a pair of knockouts against Rafael Carvalho and MacDonald in both of his world title fights. The former Strikeforce champion, who debuted in impressive fashion against Alexander Shlemenko, now looks to extend his current win streak and defend the middleweight belt for the second time in just five months.

Rafael Lovato Jr. will be making his sixth appearance for Bellator, a bout where not only will the 35-year-old’s unblemished mark of 9-0 be on the line, but also a world championship belt. Since signing with the Viacom-owned promotion in 2017, the Oklahoma City-based fighter has tallied five wins and four finishes, three of which came in the opening round, including his most recent submission win over top middleweight contender John Salter at Bellator 205. A fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the former Legacy FC middleweight champ will finally have his shot at Bellator gold when he takes on current 185-pound champion Mousasi in the co-main event of Bellator’s return to Los Angeles.”

A recently added featherweight bout features Aaron Pico (4-1) face off Henry Corrales (16-3). Additional bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current lineup can be found below.

Bellator: Fedor vs. Bader fight card

Main Card
Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader
Middleweight Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Featherweight Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales

Preliminary Card
Lightweight Mike Segura vs. Richard Leroy
Lightweight Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco