MixedMartialArts.com was inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. for all the festivities, including the post-fight interviews with several key winners from the main card. Including Gegard Mousasi after a successful title defense, Raufeon Stots following his win in a battle of top-five bantamweights, and surging heavyweight prospect Davion Franklin after his 21-second drubbing of Evertt Cummings.
Bellator 264 post-fight interviews
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Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi headlined the card as he defended his recently won belt against top contender John Salter. Early on, Salter used his strong wrestling to ground the Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and eke out an uneventful first round. However, it didn't take long for the one-time Strikeforce light heavyweight champion to solve the puzzle that was his opponent's grappling.
Throughout the second round and into the third, "The Dreamcatcher" was able to stifle the American's wrestling and force a striking battle. Eventually, the momentum behind the champion became a wave as he was able to turn the ground game tables on Salter and started to batter him on the ground. The end would come for the challenger at 2:07 in the third round. In the above-embedded video, Mousasi talked about his win and his next title defense against second-ranked Austin Vanderford being announced following his victory.
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Fourth-ranked bantamweight Raufeon Stots made a major statement in his battle with third-ranked Russian talent Magomed Magomedov. The question was could Stots take another step forward and shut down the grappling gifts of the Dagestani "Tiger." When the time came, the 32-year-old was up to the task and showcased why his NCAA Division I wrestling, mixed with his athletic gifts make him a serious threat to the top of the division.
In the post-fight interview, "Supa" spoke about the win, his hopes for a bantamweight Grand Prix, and the possibility of challenging his teammate, and current Bellator bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis for his title.
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Bellator heavyweight prospect Davion Franklin came to Bellator 264, he saw, and he conquered Everett Cummings in 21 seconds. It was the most dominant performance of the night, and the seventh-ranked big man showed that he is a force to be reckoned with, even with only four professional fights on his resume.
The 27-year-old talent spoke to the media about his thunderous win, calling out Cheick Kongo, and why he believes the heavyweight title will be around his waist sooner than later.