Mousasi vs Lovato Jr headlines Bellator London fight card
Bellator Middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi (l) in his first title defense against Rory MacDonald (r) at Bellator 206 | Pic: Supplied

Gegard Mousasi defends his middleweight title for the second time facing off undefeated Rafael Lovato Jr in the headliner of Bellator London taking place at The SSE Arena in Wembley on June 23 (AEST). The event is held alongside Bellator 223 scheduled for a delayed broadcast on Paramount Network and simulcast on DAZN.

Mousasi was expected to face Lovato Jr at Bellator 214 in January, but withdrew citing a back injury. The championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.

The Bellator London fight card also includes a light heavyweight battle between Melvin Manhoef and Kent Kauppinen. In addition, Aaron Chalmers meets Fred Freeman at catchweight with the limit of 160 lbs.

The main event of Bellator 223 is a welterweight encounter between Paul Daley and Erick Silva. The co-main event is a bantamweight bout between James Gallagher and Jeremiah Labiano. Also on the card three middleweight matchups featuring Fabian Edwards up against Jonathan Bosuku, Mike Shipman face off Costello van Steenis, and Charlie Ward vs. Justin Moore.

The preliminary card includes eleven matchups. The complete lineup for Bellator London feat. Bellator 223 can be found below.

Bellator London
Middleweight Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Light Heavyweight Melvin Manhoef vs. Kent Kauppinen
Catchweight (160 lbs) Aaron Chalmers vs. Fred Freeman

Bellator 223: Daley vs Silva
Welterweight Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva
Catchweight (140 lbs) James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano
Middleweight Fabian Edwards vs. Jonathan Bosuku
Middleweight Mike Shipman vs. Costello van Steenis
Middleweight Charlie Ward vs. Justin Moore

Preliminary Card
Welterweight Walter Gahadza vs. Oliver Enkamp
Women’s Flyweight Denise Kielholtz vs. Bryony Tyrell
Lightweight Chris Bungard vs. Charlie Leary
Women’s Flyweight Kate Jackson vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
Catchweight (161 lbs) Terry Brazier vs. Alessandro Botti
Featherweight Nathan Rose vs. Luke Ord
Lightweight Alfie Davis vs. Jorge Kanella
Welterweight Justin Burlinson vs. Wendle Lewis
Welterweight Galore Bofando vs. Kevin McCabe
Middleweight Kevin Fryer vs. John Redmond
Bantamweight Nathan Greyson vs. Frans Mlambo