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Bellator 222 in Tweets: Pros react to Rory MacDonald’s title defense, Lyoto Machida’s win over Chael Sonnen

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Rory MacDonald silenced the critics while retaining his Bellator welterweight title on Friday night.

The Canadian fighter outpointed jiu-jitsu phenom Neiman Gracie in the main event of Bellator 222, which took place at MSG in New York City. “The Red King” will now take on Douglas Lima later this year to close out the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. MacDonald vs. Gracie topped the action-packed event where fans saw Chael Sonnen retired following stoppage loss to Lyoto Machida, Kyoji Horiguchi defeat Darrion Caldwell for a second time to win the Bellator 135-pound title, and much more.

Below is how the pros reacted to the Bellator 222 main card:


Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie


Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen

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Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey


Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell


Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas


Patrick Mix def. Ricky Bandejas