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.”
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.
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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.