Rory MacDonald Defeats Douglas Lima, Wins Bellator Welterweight Championship At Bellator 192

Rory MacDonald Defeats Douglas Lima, Wins Bellator Welterweight Championship At Bellator 192

Mission accomplished for Rory MacDonald.

Here's a look at all the action that took place on the main card Saturday night during the Bellator 192 event.

Douglas Lima is looking at the biggest fight of his career on Saturday. MacDonald shot in for a takedown but Lima was able to stuff initially but after clinching against the fence he was swung away and dropped to the mat.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald. At that very moment, the fight shifted in Lima's favor as MacDonald stared up at his opponent with a possibly broken nose and a damaged leg. He remained in control and stayed busy enough to maintain the dominant position. With the third and final round coming to a close after these two went back and forth with one another for the majority of the fight, Chandler started landing some vicious shots to the already-bloodied Yamauchi, putting the final stamp on his unanimous decision win.

The former UFC welterweight contender kept the pressure on in the second and worked inside with the clinch with a much more methodical pace but there was a price to pay as Lima made early deposits with a stiff jab and leg kicks that would eventually pay off in the later rounds.

The supremely tough MacDonald was able to weather the storm and survived until the buzzer. It became clear in the fourth round that lima injured MacDonald badly with the kick in the previous round and his shin was badly swollen and MacDonald was not attempting to stand. However, MacDonald did a fantastic job of damage limitation. With the gold strap in his sights, MacDonald went to work on the ground to put the result beyond all doubt. Unfathomably, he even managed to dominate the final stanza, scoring an early takedown and force-feeding Lima forearm, elbow and fist. He remained on top for most of the round to easily take it.

In the end, all three judges scored the fight in MacDonald's favour, handing in scores of 48-47, 49-45 and 49-46. MacDonald admitted that Limas was the best fighter he's ever faced and gave some insight into his leg injury.

"I think I have a person growing inside me", MacDonald would later joke in his post-fight interview. "I can't really walk on it, but whatever".

Chandler (17-4) closed impressively, knocking Yamauchi down in the third round and surging atop him to deliver a battering of punches to the head to clinch the one-sided decision over a fighter hyped as one of Bellator's most unsafe.

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