Gegard Mousasi doesn’t think Rafael Lovato Jr. was fighting clean during their bout at Bellator 223.
Lovato took home the Bellator middleweight title after a close bout with Mousasi last month. Speaking on the Vechtersbazen Podcast, Mousasi said he believes Lovato was on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for the contest, and told the commission as much beforehand (via MMA Junkie):
“I should have won this match even with him using PEDs,” Mousasi said. “I told the commission that it’s clear that he was on PEDs,” Mousasi said. “(The commissioner) gave me a pat on the shoulder and told me that he was going to get tested on fight day and walked away.
“I have also sent Scott Coker a text, because I saw a picture of (Lovato Jr.) that did not look natural,” Mousasi said. “He told me that he would get back at me and call me. I didn’t hear anything back.”
Should Mousasi not get an immediate rematch with Lovato, the former UFC star believes a matchup with Lyoto Machida is on the horizon, another fighter with links to PED usage:
“If the rematch (with Lovato Jr.) isn’t coming, Machida will probably be next. Another PED user,” Mousasi said. “Brazilians are known for using PEDs. Americans, too, but especially Brazilians.”
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