Bellator 192: "Rampage vs. Sonnen" took place last night (Saturday, January 20, 2018) at The Forum in Inglewood, California, presenting the first stage of the heavyweight Grand Prix of the promotion with two best-known fighters in smaller weight categories: Fifth No. 1 contender in middleweight, Chael Sonnen, (30-15-1) and former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (37-12) ).  Sonnen may have surprised Jackson a bit in the first round with the precision of his left hand and the fact that he tried a flying knee. In the demolition department it was one each, though Jackson looked more impressive because of the fact that he shrugged and begged Sonnen to come back and exchange his hands.
Although Jackson said he did not want to fight someone to fight him to death, that's exactly what Sonnen did in the second round, keeping Jackson on his back almost all the time and almost assuring a kimura in the process.
Jackson's best round was the third, not only because Sonnen had accumulated a 2-0 lead and probably knew he could cruise (always a dangerous decision) but also because he did a better job of filling the takedowns up the 3:58 mark. Still, Jackson was chasing a home run in the last 10 seconds trying to change his fortunes, no doubt knowing that the scorecards were against him.
The judges returned a verdict of 29-28 X3 all for Sonnen. He spoke with "Big" John McCarthy after advancing to the next round of the heavyweight Grand Prix.
"God created six billion men and none of them is as hard as Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir and Fedor Emelianenko, none of you is the best, but one of you is the NEXT One I have no preferences, I have the weapons Larger, I have the greatest charm and I do all the damage One by one, two against one or five against one I will do ALL, I need NINE ONE. "
UFC fighter turned Bellator Star welterweight Rory MacDonald (19 -4) entered looking to win the title against two-time Bellator champion "The Phenom" Douglas Lima (29-6).
MacDonald came out aggressively to start the first round and although it took a couple of minutes he finally got a waist lock that turned into a knockdown. Lima closed the guard to avoid much damage and stood with 12 seconds to play, but there was still 10-9 for the challenger.
Lima did a better job of establishing his presence in Round 2, which forced MacDonald to try several demolitions and did not get any of them, throwing him in the face several times in the first one he sought. It ended up being a very close round that would be difficult for the judges to score.
Lima turned the tables in the third with kicks so unpleasant that MacDonald's left leg wrinkled at the last minute, putting Lima on top for the land and the pound. It was the first clear and definitive round for the champion. He seemed to narrowly win a round four round too.
The fifth was MacDonald's most dominant round, scoring the very fast takedown and breaking Lima's forehead open to the middle of the frame with a big right elbow. MacDonald's hips swayed in any way that Lima moved beneath him, keeping him on top doing damage in everything.
The judges finally gave a decision of 48-47, 49-45 and 49-46 all for THE NEW Bellator champion, Rory MacDonald.
MacDonald spoke with John McCarthy later.
"He's the best fighter I've ever fought, easy, I got the best I've felt and this guy gave me challenges everywhere, it was an honor to compete with him, I definitely feel like the best in the world after fighting against that I think I have a person growing inside of me (on my leg) I can not walk on that, but whatever it is that I achieved "
Former lightweight champion" Iron "Michael Chandler (16-4) He came hoping to win a rematch with Brent Primus by eliminating Goiti Yamauchi (22 -3), while Yamauchi was looking for his fourth submission in the first round in a row.
Chandler had a lapse in the 15 minutes of the fight, and that was when he received a question mark on his chin in the first minute of Round 2 that left him stunned. Once he got the knockdown, he dominated the next three minutes and changed with ground-and-pound. He did exactly the same thing in the third and made a mess with Yamauchi's forehead and face, making a gorilla style complete with hammer fists in the last ten seconds to leave no doubt. The judges agreed and gave him the unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26 and 30-25).
Chandler spoke with John McCarthy after:
"I did not want to prove that someone was wrong, but I proved they were wrong, the hat is for Yamauchi, probably the toughest guy I've ever fought with, we'll probably meet again I want to keep coming here and doing phenomenal things, I'm a model employee, I'm a great employee, I do what they tell me, thanks to everyone for leaving. "
Also on the main card was a fight between two featherweight contenders, Georgi Karakhanyan (28-7-1) faced Henry Corrales (14-3).
The first round saw Corrales control the cage and press the rhythm while Karakhanyan repeatedly fired to knock them down and saw them stuffed. However, it was not entirely successful for Corrales, as he tried to get a homer with his right hand and missed the mark.
A closed first round gave way to a more dominant second, as Corrales continued to make Karakhanyan backpedal to avoid power and shoot for takedowns in hopes of changing his fortune. That backfired when Corrales turned him on the fence and tried to call the guard for a guillotine. Corrales stuck his head out and dominated on top until the last minute.
The final frame was a repetition of the first complete one with the advantage that Karakhanyan lifted one of Corrales' legs in the air and still could not hit him out of balance. When he finally put Corrales on his knees with 20 seconds remaining, it was too late, even if he had successfully completed the recovery, and he did not. The judges scored 30-27, 29-28 X2 all for Corrales, who spoke with "Big" John McCarthy afterwards.
"I'm happy to have won, I'm not very impressed with my own performance, I moved to the MMA Lab and I'm 3-0 since I went there, I show up to class and these guys are all over the carpet. these guys after I did that I was not going to let anyone screw me. "
Bellator could not resist putting his great perspective on another big fight since Aaron Pico (1-1) would have to prove his worth once more against Shane Kruchten (12-3) of the 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu.
Pico ran to the cage to start the fight and even that could have been longer than the fight itself as he knocked down Kruchten with two left hooks to the body in just 37 seconds. John McCarthy entered the cage after the break to talk to the now 2-1 prospect.
"First of all, I want to thank all the fans, I have a lot of family here, Antonio McKee, the guys from Body Shop, that's my home, Freddie Roach, he's the best, everything flows well, I just have to relax and Do what I do I'm glad I got the W I can now go home, ride my horse tomorrow and have a good time I'm not one of those who talk shit, I'm here to show myself, I fight with anyone in front of me That's what I do, I'm Aaron Pico, I'm a fighter, I speak with my fists. "
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