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Bellator MMA middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will defend his belt against undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator London. on June 22. For his second title defense, the 33-year-old former Ultimate Fighting Championship contender has a simple plan for beating his 9-0 opponent.
"All I'm thinking is to finish him," Mousasi (45-6-2) confessed to The Score's James Lynch. "I never thought about going the long distance with him because I feel like I can catch him clean. There [are] certain things that I do well, and I cannot do that against him. Let's say, ground and pound. I usually overpower. Let's say with Rory, I got on top, I was just beating him until the referee stopped, you know what I mean? Those things maybe not gonna work with him."
"So, it's gonna be a different game plan. Just more striking, and sharp-sharp striking. We go for the finish, to look for the one … not look for it, but it will come. So, it's a little bit different approach to him," said "The Dreamcatcher."
The Netherlands resident is currently on an eight-fight winning streak and has competed at both middleweight and light heavyweight over the course of his long career. He admits that he can still fight at light heavyweight but is "much better at middleweight than 205."
"If I fight [Ryan] Bader it's for the title, so it's like better for me because it's like I achieved something," said Mousasi. "But if they don't pay me more, and it doesn't look like they wanna pay me more, I'm not gonna go. Why should I go fight the bigger guy who is actually even fighting heavyweight? Why should I go fight that guy, to say I have another belt?"
Bellator London touches down at The SSE Arena on Saturday, June 22 and will stream live in the U.S. on Dazn.