Bellator is coming at us this weekend with one of their big shows, and this one – Bellator 200 – will feature a bunch of oddly relevant and competitive match-ups.

That isn’t necessarily by design. After all, up until a few days ago, the main event was supposed to pit Mirko Cro Cop against Roy Nelson in a rematch that no one asked for and no one really needed. But Cro Cop is injured, and both he and Nelson are off the card…

…Which makes Gegard Mousasi versus reigning middleweight king Rafael Carvalho the marquee bout. And that’s a good fight.


At this point, Mousasi doesn’t need much by way of introduction. He’s fought everywhere, fought nearly everyone, and his killer striking and ace grappling has kept him among the elite for years. In six trips to the Bellator cage, Carvalho has stayed undefeated, so yeah, this will be a good one.

Elsewhere on the card, the highly-touted – and highly-coddled – Michael Page gets to put his Anderson Silva-esque striking to the test against someone who is NOT a tomato can in former contender David Rickels. This could be the end of Page’s hype train, folks, so climb on or climb off. You decide.

(Toot-toot!)

UFC vet Phil Davis was Bellator’s light-heavyweight king for a hot minute, but Ryan Bader snatched that crown. So here’s Davis building up some steam again, this time against Linton Vassell.


A lot of compelling fights on this card. A lot of compelling fights…