Bellator 200 – Matches To Make

Gegard Mousasi – Now that he is without a doubt the best Middleweight in the world, not in the UFC, Gegard Mousasi can begin his quest to prove that he is without a doubt the best, non-UFC fighter, period. The first fighter that stands in his way of achieving this goal is Bellator Welterweight Champion, Rory MacDonald. Due to the interest that both fighters have shown in the matchup, it is likely that we will see this fight before the end of the year. This is absolutely one of the best fights to be made in all of combat sports and will easily be the greatest fight in Bellator history.

Rafael Carvalho – This was the biggest test of Rafael Carvalho’s career — his first crack at an elite Middleweight — and he, unfortunately, did not fare well. That being said, Gegard Mousasi is not necessarily a fair measuring point for an untested fighter. Carvalho still has the skills necessary to beat the majority of non-UFC Middleweights and the potential to compete with some of the divisions elite. An opponent that will both test him and give him a chance to prove himself is Alexander Shlemenko.

Michael Page – After impressively dismantling yet another undersized / outmatched opponent, Michael Page has kept his hype train rolling. That being said, while I personally enjoy watching him fight, I have grown tired and annoyed with his lack of competitive matchups. In order for him to peak my interest again — and to legitimise himself — MVP will need to face an opponent on or above his level. The opponent that would give him his toughest test, while also creating a thrilling fight, would be Paul Daley. Considering the ongoing feud between the two, it would be a big mistake for Bellator not to make this fight.

Phil Davis – Despite putting together one of the most impressive wins of his career, Phil Davis finds himself in an unfortunate position. As the Bellator Light-Heavyweight division currently stands, Davis is the undeniable number one contender but is unfortunately left in limbo. With Ryan Bader competing in the Heavyweight Grand Prix, it is unlikely that we will see him defend his Light-Heavyweight belt until early-mid-2019. Even upon Bader’s return, a matchup with Phil Davis is going to be a tough sell considering both of their previous fights have resulted in slow split-decision victories for Bader. That being said, regardless of his current situation, Phil Davis will need to compete — likely multiple times before facing Ryan Bader again. For his next fight, a matchup with the up-and-coming Vadim Nemkov would be intriguing.


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