Rafael Lovato Jr. outworked Gegard Mousasi to claim the middleweight title via majority decision in the main event of Bellator 223 in London on Saturday.
Lovato improves his professional mixed martial arts record to 10-0, while Mousasi drops to 45-7-2. The judges scored the bout 47-47, 48-47, and 48-47.
Lovato started the fight strong, taking down the 53-fight veteran on multiple occasions in the opening rounds. Mousasi rallied in the later rounds and even dropped his opponent in the fourth.
Mousasi had won eight straight before Saturday's loss. He held notable victories over Thiago Santos, Chris Weidman, and Rory MacDonald.