The Bellator MMA middleweight championship is no longer vacant. Fighting for the belt previously held by Rafael Lovato Jr. were former 185-pound champion Gegard Mousasi and current welterweight champion Douglas Lima. In the end, Mousasi's hands were raised at the end of Bellator 250.
The superior grappling of Mousasi (47-7-2) was the story early as he took Lima (32-8) down and easily controlled the first round. The next three frames were contested on the feet, which saw Mousasi show off his slick jab and Lima was uncharacteristically tentative. Round 5 saw Mousasi go back to his grappling to secure the fight in his favor. After five rounds, Mousasi was awarded a unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46 and 49-46) and became a two-time middleweight champion in the promotion.
The co-main event saw Henry Corrales defeat Brandon Girtz. Corrales (18-5) was able to slightly outland Girtz (16-10) on the feet in what was a competitive bout spanning all three rounds. Two judges awarded "OK" the fight with 30-27 scorecards, while a third inexplicably gave the fight to Girtz (30-27).
Middleweights Dalton Rosta and Ty Gwerder opened the main card. The wrestling of Rosta (4-0) proved to be too much for Gwerder (5-2). The Pennsylvania fighter was able to complete several takedowns and controlled the fight with ease. "Hercules" capped off a dominant performance by gaining mount in Round 3 and took home a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.
In preliminary action, All Elite Wrestling star Jake Hager (3-0, 1 NC) fought through adversity to earn a split decision verdict (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Brandon Calton (2-1); Sabah Homasi (15-8) landed a devastating flying knee that took out Bobby Voelker (33-14) 20 seconds into Round 2; Johnny Eblen (7-0) kept his undefeated record intact by earning a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) over Taylor Johnson (6-2); Adam Borics (16-1) won a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) over Erick Sanchez (9-6) at a 150-pound catchweight; and in the opening bout of the night, Cody Law submitted Orlando Ortega with a D’Arce choke at 2:41 of Round 1.