Bellator MMA’s debut in New York is on Saturday, June 24th at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. The main card, titled “Bellator: NYC” features a main event of rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko takes on Matt Mitrione in the co-main. Your two championship bouts are a welterweight title matchup between champion Douglas Lima and big free agent signing Lorenz Larkin, and lightweight titleholder Michael Chandler battling Brent Primus. Highly-touted prospect Aaron Pico makes his MMA debut against 8-2 lightweight Zach Freeman.
To clarify the situation, the Bellator: NYC preliminary card is numbered as Bellator 180, so I suppose it’s two events on one night. The Bellator 180 main event is a light heavyweight title fight between Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, who fought each other while in the UFC, with Bader winning by split decision. Also take note of women’s boxing star Heather Hardy, who is competing at 125 lbs in her MMA debut. The live-streamed prelims is topped by Israel’s Haim Gozali against Ryan Couture.
Here’s what’s in store for next week’s card, which is definitely the biggest one in Bellator MMA history:
Bellator NYC card (10 PM ET, Pay-Per-View)
Bellator 180 preliminary card (6 PM ET, Online)