The group traveled across the Atlantic for a card in the “City of Lights” for the second year in a row. The heavyweight champion Ryan Bader brought title stakes to the French city on his visit the previous year. Even though there was no gold on the line this time, the event was nonetheless significant in a number of fields.
The Englishman Fabian Edwards outpointed “The Dreamcatcher” to earn the chance to join brother Leon Edwards as an MMA champion with a third consecutive victory. The Dutchman’s attempt to earn a chance at redemption was unsuccessful.
After a five-round battle in the French capital, the American eventually raised his hand and declared himself the winner. Primus will now face Usman Nurmagomedov’s second challenger after advancing to the semifinals.
In another fight, former welterweight champion Douglas Lima successfully ended his career’s worst losing streak by moving up to middleweight. Costello van Steenis was outpaced by him by fifteen minutes. And in the evening’s finest performance, Frenchman Thibault Gouti raised his hand in Paris once more before ruthlessly dispatching Kane Mousah to start the primary event.
Bellator 296 Main Card Results
Middleweight Main Event: Fabian Edwards def. Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: Brent Primus def. Mansour Barnaoui via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Middleweight: Douglas Lima def. Costello van Steenis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Thibault Gouti def. Kane Mousah via KO (punches): R2, 3:58
Bellator 296 Preliminary Results
Flyweight: Denise Kielholtz def. Paula Cristina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Luca Poclit def. Oliver Enkamp via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Saul Rogers vs. Davy Gallon ends in a No Contest: R1, 2:12
Featherweight: Yves Landu def. Piotr Niedzielski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Catchweight (141lbs): Sarvarjon Khamidov def. Kevin Petshi via submission (rear-naked choke): R3, 1:33
Lightweight: Tim Wilde def. Chris Gonzalez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Fabacary Diatta def. Keir Harvie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Catchweight (150lbs): Asael Adjoudj def. Georges Sasu via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Welterweight: Romain Debienne def. Bourama Camara via TKO (ground-and-pound): R2, 1:04
Light Heavyweight: Jose Augusto def. Simon Biyong via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
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