Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald scores a unanimous decision against Neiman Gracie
Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald scores a unanimous decision against Neiman Gracie | Pic: Supplied

MMA event Bellator 222 presented the 18-fight bill at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 15 (AEST). The six-fight main card on DAZN was headlined by the semi-final bout of welterweight World Grand Prix. The contest featured the defending champion Rory MacDonald up against Neiman Gracie.

The championship bout went the distance ending in a unanimous decision pronounced in favor of the champion. MacDonald earned his ticket to the final as well as updated his record to 21-5-1. Gracie suffered the first defeat in his professional MMA career and dropped to 9-1.

The co-main event featured Lyoto Machida faceoff Chael Sonnen at light heavyweight. The bout ended prior to the final bell with Machida taking the win by TKO early in the second round.

Lyoto Machida stops Chael Sonnen in the second round
Lyoto Machida stops Chael Sonnen in the second round | Pic: Supplied

Also on the main card Darrion Caldwell faced Kyoji Horiguchi in defense of his Bellator Bantamweight title. The pair met for the second time following their encounter late December when the latter took the inaugural RIZIN FF Bantamweight belt by submission in the third round.

The second battle also ended in favor of Horiguchi, who came out victorious by a unanimous decision. As a result he became the champion in two organization.

Kyoji Horiguchi earns a unanimous decision against Darrion Caldwell
Kyoji Horiguchi earns a unanimous decision against Darrion Caldwell | Pic: Supplied

The complete fight results from Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie can be found below.

Main Card
Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47 x2)
Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen by TKO (punches, R2 at 0:22)
Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey by submission (armbar, R1 at 4:28)
Patrck Mix def. Ricky Bandejas by submission (rear-naked choke, R1 at 1:06)
Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas by KO (punch, R2 at 4:59)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell by via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)

Preliminary Card
Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico by KO (knee, R2 at 3:55)
Taylor Turner def. Heather Hardy by TKO (punches, R1 at 3:53)
Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera by submission (armbar, R1 at 3:15)
Lindsay VanZandt def. Rena Kubota by technical submission (rear-naked choke, R1 at 4:04)
Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer by submission (triangle choke, R1 at 4:02)
Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev by split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox by TKO (doctor stoppage, R1 at 5:00)
Brandon Polcare def. Brandon Medina by submission (guillotine choke, R1 at 4:33)
Kastriot Xhema def. Whitney Jean Francois by TKO (punches, R2 at 3:17)
John Beneduce def. Kenny Rivera by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)