Chael Sonnen punched his ticket to Bellator’s 2018 heavyweight grand prix with a unanimous decision over fellow UFC vet and former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson. Bellator 192 took place January 20th at the Forum in Inglewood, CA with four fights webcast at ParamountNetwork.com, five fights broadcast on Paramount Network.
A grinding ground-and-pound strategy was Chael Sonnen’s path to victory as he took down Quinton Jackson in all three rounds. Jackson on the other hand was looking for the knockout on the feet but was unable to maintain distance against the much smaller Sonnen who was fighting at heavyweight for the first time. Although unable to finish Jackson Sonnen stayed active and earned the one-sided unanimous decision which improved his record to 31-15-1 while Jackson fell to 37-13.
Sonnen next faces the winner of Frank Mir vs. Fedor Emelianenko, a bout which is expected to take place in April. In the other tournament bracket Matt Mitrione takes on fellow UFC vet Roy Nelson February 16th while there is no word on when the fourth opening round fight between Muhammed Lawal and Ryan Bader will transpire. The semifinals aren’t expect to begin until summer or fall with the finals likely being a pay-per-view event at the end of the year.
The co-main event was much closer as UFC vet Rory MacDonald took the welterweight belt from Douglas Lima after five grueling rounds. Lima used his leg kick to wear down the challenger even kicking his legs out from under him in third while using a straight jab to bloody MacDonald’s nose. MacDonald didn’t take any chances in the fifth round as he quickly took Lima down and stayed active with elbows and short punches while Lima was unable to mount a counterattack. The close but unanimous decision earned MacDonald the belt as his record climbed to 20-4, 2-0 post-UFC. Lima’s second reign as Bellator champion ended as his three-fight win streak did as his record dropped to 29-7.
Bellator return next weekend with Bellator 193 headlined by Lorenz Larkin vs. Fernando Gonzalez.
Bellator 192 webcast and broadcast results
- Joey Davis def. Ian Butler 0:39 R1 by TKO
- Jose Campos def. Haim Gozali by unanimous decision
- Devon Brock def. Khonry Gracie by unanimous decision
- Guilherme Vasconcelos def. Ivan Castillo 4:12 R1 by arm-triangle choke
- Henry Corrales def. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision
- Aaron Pico def. Shane Kruchten 0:37 R1 by TKO
- Michael Chandler def. Goiti Yamauchi by unanimous decision
- WW title: Rory MacDonald def. Douglas Lime by unanimous decision
- HW GP quarterfinal: Chael Sonnen def. Quinton Jackson by unanimous decision