Bellator 264 is going to be held on August 13, Uncasville, Connecticut. The headlining of the event is going to be a middleweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and John Salter. This will be a title fight, where Mousasi will try to defend his title for the second time.Bet on Gegard Mousasi vs. John Salter with 1xBet
Mousasi is a living legend; his professional MMA record is 47-7-2, which means he is very experienced. The last time he fought at Bellator 250 defeating Douglas Lima.
Mousasi is a phenomenal striker, and he has 26 KO wins in his MMA career. He also has 12 submission wins. But the last time he used his submission game was in 2014, at UFC Fight Night 41, where he defeated Mark Munoz via Rear-Naked Choke. Since his previous submission win, he earned 12 victories, with 7 KO/TKO.
Mousasi has been in the UFC for a while, and he was on his 5-winning streak when he left the promotion. He joined Bellator and won 5 clashes and suffered loss only once. At Bellator 223, he was defeated by Rafael Lovato Jr via Majority Decision. After that defeat, he earned two victories against legendary Lyoto Machida and Douglas Lima.
John Salter made his Bellator debut in 2015 at Bellator 132. Since then, he fought nine times and lost only once, against Rafael Lovato Jr. John is a true finisher, who finished 94% of his victories via TKO/KO/Submissions. He earned ten wins out of 18 via submissions, 7 KO/TKO, and only 1 by Decision. Only Costello van Steenis managed to survive for three rounds but got defeated by Salter. Last time he graced the cage from inside at Bellator 244 with Andrew Kapel. John defeated Andrew via Arm-Triangle Choke in the 3rd round.
If we compare these two fighters, we will see that both fighters are 36 years old, but Mousasi is a way more experienced fighter. He is a famous kickboxer, Famous UFC fighter, and Bellator middleweight champion. He defeated names like Machida, Rory MacDonald, Chris Weidman, Uriah Hall, Vitor Belfort, Thiago Santos, Dan Henderson, Ilir Latifi, Ovince St. Preux (in strikeforce), Ronaldo (Jacare) Souza, and many others.
We will not see such a name in John's resume, but his grappling style will be helpful against his rival. In addition to the above, Gegard will have 5 CM reach advantage against John. Gegard will open this fight as a moderate favorite, with odds 1.27, so his rival's odd will be 3.8.