Well, Gegard Mousasi’s Bellator debut didn’t go as many expected.
The former UFC middleweight contender took on Alexander Shlemenko in the main event of Bellator 185, which went down on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Mousasi was tagged in the first round, causing his right eye to swell up. Despite basically fighting with one eye, Mousasi was able to dominate for the majority of the round. However, that wasn’t the story for the remaining two rounds. The former Bellator champ put on a very competitive fight in rounds two and three, causing many to believe that Shlemenko should’ve gotten the nod from the judges and not Mousasi.
Below is how the pros in the MMA world reacted to Mousasi’s controversial decision victory:
shlemenko won that fight clearly, shame he didnt get it officially on the decision— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) October 21, 2017
The term “robbed” gets thrown a bit too liberally these days. No matter who you thought won it was close fight. Comes down to that 2nd round— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) October 21, 2017
ムサシ負けたか！？微妙だな。。— Takeya Mizugaki (@takeya_miz) October 21, 2017
勝ったかー！！— Takeya Mizugaki (@takeya_miz) October 21, 2017
That Bellator Decision... pic.twitter.com/MhCtoSTGPF— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) October 21, 2017
2-1 Mousasi— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) October 21, 2017
Tough fight for Mousasi cause of the eye problem but I still think he won the first 2 rds— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) October 21, 2017
How? Man I think they had the names wrong on the score card. #bellator185— Saad Awad (@SAADMMA) October 21, 2017