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Bellator 192 delivers on its promise as Douglas Lima, Rory MacDonals, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Chael Sonnen put on a show at The Forum

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Bellator MMA took a step closer to naming its new heavyweight champion Saturday night at The Forum with first-round action of its Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. Chael Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson went head-to-head for three full rounds in the cage as Sonnen moved on after a unanimous decision win.

“I’m a little sore right now. Everything he touched, it hurts you know,” Sonnen said in the post-fight press conference. “Really powerful guy. I tried to score points sometimes, move around. I’m happy it’s over with, but it’s a tournament. You gotta advance any way you can.”

Often referred to as “The American Gangster,” Sonnen moves on in the Grand Prix bracket to face the winner of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir.

Photo courtesy of Rohit Ghosh/Sports Out West

In the co-main event of the night, fans were treated to classic as welterweight champion Douglas Lima took on challenger Rory MacDonald.

MacDonald came back from what looked like a horrific injury to his left leg/shin in the second and third rounds to win a fight that went the distance. 

MacDonald had to be carried to the back by his corner after the fight, unable to stand on the injured leg.

Bellator hasn’t been up in Canada in over four years. With a new champ in the 170 lb division, there’s plenty of reason to let the warrior defend the title in his homeland.

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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