MacDonald outlasts Gracie by unanimous decision at Bellator 222
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The welterweight title will remain with Rory MacDonald, as the current champion outlasted Neiman Gracie by unanimous decision to claim victory in the co-main event at Bellator 222 on Friday.

MacDonald, who improved his career MMA record to 21-5-1 with the win, is now through to the Welterweight Grand Prix Final versus Douglas Lima. The loss represents the first of Gracie's career, as the 30-year-old entered the fight at Madison Square Garden with a 9-0 record.

Lyoto Machida beats Chael Sonnen

The other co-main event saw Lyoto Machida square off with veteran Chael Sonnen. Machida didn't just end the fight in the second round, but the 41-year-old sent his opponent into retirement with the win. Machida notched his fourth straight victory with a TKO by flying knee and punches 22 seconds into the second frame, improving his career mark to 26-8 in the process.

Sonnen announced his five-fight deal with Bellator had ended with the loss Friday and that he was done as a MMA fighter. It's the conclusion of a lengthy career for Sonnen, who is now free to focus on his television broadcasting duties.

Other action from the main card:

  • Dillon Danis defeats Max Humphrey via submission (armbar): Round 1, 4:28
  • Patrick Mix defeats Ricky Bandejas vis submission (rear-naked choke): Round 1, 1:06
  • Juan Archuleta defeated Eduardo Dantas via knockout (punch): Round 2, 4:59
  • Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Darrion Caldwell for bantamweight title via unanimous decision
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