Chael Sonnen (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Pre-Fight Press Conference

On Tuesday, March 28, Bellator MMA will hold a pre-fight press conference for its New York City debut which is slated for June 24 at Madison Square Garden.

The event will be headlined by grudge match between veterans Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. The pair began feuding during their time as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter reality series when both were signed with the UFC. Sonnen made his promotional debut at Bellator 170, succumbing to a rear-naked choke against Tito Ortiz. Silva has not competed since March of 2013, following a lengthy ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

In the night’s co-main event, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko will make his promotional debut against fellow heavyweight Matt Mitrione. The pair were scheduled to meet at Bellator 172 earlier this year, but Mitrione was forced out of the bout on fight day due to illness.


Also on the card, welterweight champion Douglas Lima will welcome UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin to the promotion, while lightweight titleholder Michael Chandler will put his belt on the line against Brent Primus.

The press conference will kick off at 1 p.m. ET. A live video feed (courtesy of Bellator MMA) appears above.