Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi rematch booked for Bellator 228 in September

A rematch between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi has been a no-brainer since both men signed with Bellator. Now it’s set to happen.

More than five years after they fought each other in the UFC, Machida (26-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Mousasi (45-7-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) will run it back in September at Bellator 228, the promotion announced Thursday.

The middleweight fight will co-headline Bellator 228, which takes place Sept. 28 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.

Machida, who is coming off a second-round knockout win that retired Chael Sonnen at Bellator 221 in June, defeated Mousasi by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 36 in February 2014.

In the years following, Mousasi has accused “The Dragon” of greasing in the fight and also taken shots at the Brazilian for his U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension that forced him away from competition for 18 months.

It was thought that if Machida and Mousasi were to rematch in Bellator there would be a title on the line. However, Mousasi lost his 185-pound strap to Rafael Lovato Jr. in a surprising decision loss last month at Bellator 223.

Mousasi will have the chance to avenge a loss and jump back in the title mix at the same time at Bellator 228.

The latest Bellator 228 card now includes:

  • Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta – for featherweight title/featherweight grand prix opening round
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi

For more on Bellator 228, check out the MMA schedule.

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