In New York, New York, the Bellator 222 tournament was held at the legendary Madison Square Garden Arena. Prosports.kz summarizes the past event.
As part of the lowest-weighted (62 kg) main card, former UFC and RIZIN fighter Kyoji Horiguchi gave a speech in which he met with Darrion Caldwell. The fight lasted every five rounds and ended at the decision of the judges in favor of Horiguchi. Thus, the 28-year-old fighter from Japan won the championship in the lightest weight.
Basically, the card was also created by a friend and sparring partner of Conor MacGregor Dillon Denis. For the 25-year-old fighter from the US, the last duel was the second in his career. Denis ended the fight against Max Humphrey in the first round after giving an elbow to Victoria.
In the main fight of the evening, former UFC light heavyweight champion (93 kg) met Lyoto Machida on another former UFC fighter, Chel Suns. The battle of two veterans ended in the second round, as Machida won by technical knockout victory.
It is worth noting that the 42-year-old sun after the fight announced the end of his career. In the 22-year career of "American Gangster" there were 49 fights, 31 wins and 17 defeats. Under the auspices of the UFC, Sonnen fought three times for the company's championship belt and twice challenged Anderson Silva in the middleweight division (84 kg) and John Jones at light heavyweight.
In the main game of the evening, the former UFC fighter and current welterweight Bellator welterweight (77kg) Rory MacDonald made another successful defense of his belt. In the second defense, the "Red King" met with Neyman Gracie. The fight lasted every five rounds and ended with the victory of MacDonald by the decision of the judges.
So the 29-year-old fighter from Canada reached the final of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. In the final fight, Rory meets Douglas Lima, who was defeated early last year.
Rory's second defense