Bellator 220: Jon Fitch Looking to Dethrone MacDonald, Phil Davis Looking to go 2-0 Against McGeary

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, April 26, 2019

Bellator MMA brings a stacked card to the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Saturday night, where two championships will be defended and there'll be plenty of big-name fighters looking to get back into title contention in Bellator. The main event is the final first-round matchup in the Welterweight Grand Prix, with reigning Bellator Welterweight Champion Rory MacDonald defending his championship against challenger Jon Fitch.


The tournament is interesting because all fights are five 5-minute rounds and the Welterweight championship is defended in each round regardless of who the champion may be at that point, which means that if Fitch defeats MacDonald, his fight with Neiman Gracie would then be both a title-fight and Grand-Prix fight.


It’ll be a quick turnaround for the winner because the next round matchup between Gracie and the winner of this fight is scheduled to take place on the Madison Square Garden card in June.


The reason why the fight between MacDonald and Fitch is taking place so much later than the previous Grand Prix bouts is because MacDonald had moved up to challenge Bellator Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi in September, where he was defeated and took a significant amount of damage from the much bigger opponent.


The challenger Jon Fitch has looked great in his previous fights; he is currently on a five-fight win streak that includes victories over former UFC title-contenders Yushin Okami and Jake Shields and defeated Paul Daley in his Bellator debut in dominant fashion.


Fitch has stuck to his strengths of taking his opponents down and grinding them out on the ground and at 41-years of age, he is looking to add another championship to his impressive resume.


Jon Fitch was a guest on a special edition of the ‘Ground and Pound’ MMA show, where BarnBurner founder Joe Peisich and I had the chance to discuss the Welterweight Grand Prix, how he’s been preparing for Rory MacDonald, and much more.  Fitch was confident in his abilities and feels that he is ready and has what it takes to get his hand raised on Saturday night.  


Fitch also revealed that he plans on winning the Welterweight Grand Prix and then immediately moving up to challenge for the Bellator Middleweight Championship:


“If I could write the end of my career like a movie, that’s what would happen.”



Former Bellator Light-Heavyweight Champion, Phil “Mr.Wonderful” Davis was also a guest on the ‘Ground and Pound’ MMA show, where he discussed his Bellator 220 bout with Liam McGeary, which is a rematch of their bout at Bellator 163, that saw Davis hand McGeary his first career loss and become the new Light-Heavyweight Champion.


Davis also gave the backstory of his nickname "Mr.Wonderful", which is one fans will surely want to listen to. 


Davis believes he’ll be able to use his excellent wrestling background to dominate McGeary once again, and get a rematch with Vadim Nemkov, who defeated him by split-decision at Bellator 209. 


Fans can watch Bellator 220 live on Saturday night, 10 PM EST on DAZN.




Photo Credit: Bellator MMA