Fight fans are just eight days away from the highly anticipated Bellator 200 card being held at the SSE Arena in London, England on May 25, 2018. With a big fight card of fighters from around the globe, this card is being set up as a non stop action packed evening from the prelims all the way through the main card. After a successful event for Bellator 199, this card is shaping up to be simply amazing, chock full of knockout artists and ground specialists that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire evening!!!
To open up the main card, Bellator is giving us two great grapplers in Linton “The Swarm” Vassell (19-6-0 1NC) against the former Light Heavyweight Champion Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis. Linton is coming off a 2nd round loss against champion Ryan Bader at Bellator 186, the always dangerous Vassell is looking to get back into title contention with a win against the former champion Davis. After losing his title to Ryan Bader, Phil Davis had rebounded with a win over Leo Leite at Bellator 186. This is an interesting battle because both fighters are ground specialists, fight fans shouldn’t blink with the quick chance of a submission once this fight gets to the ground.
Next fight is pitting two hometown fighters in the cage with Ash Griffiths (4-5-0) vs Aaron Chalmers (3-0-0). Griffiths is looking to end his 4 fight losing streak with his last loss back in December of 2017 to Mohammad Yahya at Bellator 191. Bellator is giving Griffiths an undefeated finishing machine with Chalmers, the BAMMA star has finished all his professional fights by stoppage and submission and looks to continue that streak against Griffiths. Don’t let the records fool you folks, these two guys like to exchange leather and in MMA anything can happen!
Michael Venom Page (12-0-0) makes his long-awaited return to the Bellator cage, but the match makers at Bellator didn’t do Page any favors in giving him a tough and gritty veteran in David Rickles (19-4-0). Rickles who is stepping up a weight class to take on MVP, can finish fights in a multitude of ways on the feet as well as on the ground. Michael Venom Page is an enigma in the welterweight division, his vicious and continuous striking onslaught make MVP one of the most exciting fighters to watch in MMA and most recently in the boxing ring. Will Rickles skills on the feet and the ground be enough to take out the hometown hero, that question will be answered soon enough, as a fight fan I can not wait to see it.
The co-main event for Bellator 200 is a fight that MMA fans across the world should be thankful they get to see in the Bellator Cage. Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) looks to take the belt from the Brazilian sensation Rafael Carvahlo (15-1-0). Mousasi, who was once the Light heavyweight champion under the Strikeforce banner, bounced around organizations racking up wins but never given an opportunity to fight for another title. When Mousasi decided to leave the UFC, he was ranked #4 but felt he wasn’t being given his fair shake and a title shot, Scott Coker believes the time is now. Carvahlo is a very tough opponent being proficient on the ground as well as in the standup game. Carvahlo is on a 14 fight winning streak, having not lost a fight since 2011. Mousasi has the fight experience that most MMA fans would give him the nod against Carvahlo, and some would say that Mousasi has the bigger names on his resume, but Carvalho is as game as they come and looks to put away Gegard in exciting fashion.
The main event for this card is a rematch for these two warriors dating back to 2011 at UFC 137. Mirko “Cro Cop” Flipovic (36-11-2) looks to avenge his loss to Roy “Big Country” Nelson (23-15-0), Cro Cop signed a one fight deal with Bellator, and in the media press conference he was asked at a potential fight with Fedor and if when he plans on retiring. Cro Cop stated that the fight with Fedor he doesn’t believe will ever happen, and he still plans on fighting his final fight in Japan on December 31st. Cro Cop who won the Rizin Heavyweight Gran Prix championship last year, is looking to avenge his loss against Nelson in exciting fashion. While on the conference call, Roy Nelson said he had two goals, to beat Cro Cop and to avenge his loss to Heavyweight Gran Prix hopeful Matt Mitrione. While Nelson and Cro Cop too subtle jabs at each other during the conference call, there will be nothing subtle about this fight once the cage door closes and these two warriors step in. Nelson who has a black belt in BJJ, always loves the stand and bang fight style, while Cro Cop has ground skills himself, but always seems to look for and land that deadly left leg head kick.
This is a Bellator card that is set up to give us fans many highlight reel knockouts and submissions. Scott Coker and the matchmakers at Bellator really have their finger on the fight fans pulse, and continue to give us exciting cards on a regular basis. These fights really set up amazing future matchups in each division, and I for one am excited to see where they all go from here!! Below is the link so you can listen to today’s media press conference with Mirko Flipovic, Roy Nelson Gegard Mousasi, and Rafael Carvalho.