Mousasi (48-7-2) acquired a TKO end at 2:07 of the third spherical, through unanswered strikes on the ground. The 36-year-aged veteran weathered an early, grappling-weighty solution from Salter (18-5) prior to dominating him from top posture in the next and third rounds.
The middleweight struggle headlined Bellator 264 inside Mohegan Solar Arena.
A former NAIA nationwide wrestling winner, Salter went for broke in the opening round with takedown tries. He did take care of to get Mousasi down, but appeared to have on himself out in the approach. Mousasi was clearly the fresher of the two right after the opening five minutes, and conveniently imposed his will the relaxation of the way.
“I failed to want to put myself at risk [in the first round],” Mousasi explained. “We had been nevertheless fresh new, not slippery, not sweaty. I didn’t want to give him my back again. I felt I was pushing his head down and I understood that conditioning was on my side. I’m more powerful than people consider. Possibly I glance skinny, but I am a good deal stronger bodily. I just set my strain on him and damage him with punches.”
A former champion in several organizations, which includes Strikeforce, Mousasi has compiled a file of 6-1 due to the fact he signed with Bellator in 2017. Prior to his arrival in the Bellator cage, Mousasi was one particular of the top middleweights in the UFC, and was effectively on his way to earning a title shot in that marketing just before accepting an give with Bellator.
He is a two-time middleweight champion for Bellator. He won his initially belt in 2018 and defended it at the time, in advance of dropping a grappling-large matchup to Rafael Lovato Jr. The Dutch champion reclaimed his title by defeating former welterweight champ Douglas Lima previous October.
Other than surrendering a takedown in the opening round, Mousasi was evidently prepared for Salter in every region. He confirmed very little respect for Salter’s putting, as he generally walked him down the total combat, landing jabs and ideal hands. After he gained top rated position in the second and third rounds, Salter’s only recourse was to deal with up defensively.
Mousasi snaps Salter’s three-combat get streak with the victory. He’s expected to deal with undefeated No. 1 contender Austin Vanderford (11-), who was in attendance, in his subsequent protection.
“He’s a legend in the activity,” Vanderford reported. “I thought he went in there and took care of organization. I am fired up to get out there and take a look at myself.”