Ryan Bader (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Bellator NYC and Bellator 180 Post-Fight Press Conference

On Saturday, June 24, Bellator MMA will host its second-ever pay-per-view event from Madison Square Garden in New York.

In the night’s main event, a pair of longtime MMA veterans will finally settle a grudge match years in the making as former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen takes on former Pride FC champion Wanderlei Silva. The pair coached against one another on The Ultimate Fighter, but never faced off in the cage. Sonnen made his Bellator debut in January, falling by submission to Tito Ortiz. The 40-year-old has dropped four of his last five. Silva, meanwhile, has not competed since 2013. The Brazilian, who will be making his promotional debut, is coming off a second-round knockout win over Brian Stann inside the UFC Octagon.

The co-main event of the evening also features another legend of the sport in Russian Fedor Emelianenko. The former Pride champion will take on Matt Mitrione in a match-up that was originally expected to take place at Bellator 172.


Also on the five-fight card will be title fights in the welterweight and lightweight divisions. Current champions Douglas Lima and Michael Chandler put their belts on the line against challengers Lorenz Larkin and Brent Primus, respectively.

The action kicks on at 10 p.m. ET live on pay-per-view. It will be preceded by Bellator 180 live on Spike TV, which features a light heavyweight title fight between Phil Davis and Ryan Bader.

Above is video of the event’s post-fight press conference (courtesy of Bellator MMA).

Bellator NYC Pay-Per-View
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione
Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin – for welterweight title
Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus – for lightweight title
Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman
Bellator 180 Main Card
Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader – for light heavyweight title
James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida
Neiman Gracie vs. Dave Marfone
Heather Hardy vs. Alice Yauger
Bellator 180 Preliminary Card
Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali
Jerome Mickle vs. Anthony Giacchina
John Salgado vs. Hugh McKenna
Matt Rizzo vs. Sergio da Silva
Nate Grebb vs. Bradley Desir