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LOS ANGELES – The biggest night in the history of Bellator continues to grow, with the addition of (17-3, 1 NC) defending his light heavyweight world title against one of the promotion’s newest free agent acquisitions, (22-5), during the main event of on June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The five-round contest will anchor the LIVE and FREE broadcast of Bellator 180, which airs on SPIKE. In addition, undefeated (5-0) will return to action when he meets Dave Marfone (5-2) at welterweight. This contest, along with “Mr. Wonderful” versus “Darth” Bader joins a previously announced bout pitting “The Strabanimal” (6-0) against (5-2).
It was also announced last week that would make his long-awaited MMA debut against (8-2) during , leading off a pay-per-view blockbuster that features a double main event of (29-15-1) and (35-12-1, 1 NC), as well as (36-4, 1 NC) meeting (11-5).
Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva also includes two championship bouts, with (28-6) defending his 170-pound strap against (18-5, 1 NC) and current lightweight champion (16-3) putting his world title on the line against the undefeated (7-0).
The Bellator.com-streamed preliminary portion of the Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader action on June 24 adds (10-5) making his welterweight debut against Israel’s (7-3). Three additional preliminary bouts are also confirmed and are listed below.
Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva airs LIVE on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Prior to the pay-per-view event, SPIKE will air Bellator 180 LIVE and FREE on both coasts, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additionally, Bellator 180 prelims will air exclusively on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event start at $60, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are currently on sale at Ticketmaster, TheGarden.com and Bellator.com.
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Complete Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Card (Pay-Per-View):
Light Heavyweight Main Event: Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) vs. Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC)
Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)
Welterweight World Title Bout: Douglas Lima (28-6) vs. Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC)
Lightweight World Title Bout: Michael Chandler (16-3) vs. Brent Primus (7-0)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Aaron Pico (Debut) vs. Zach Freeman (8-2)
Updated Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader Card (SPIKE):
Light Heavyweight World Title Bout: Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) vs. Ryan Bader (22-5)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: James Gallagher (6-0) vs. Chinzo Machida (5-2)
Welterweight Main Card Bout: Neiman Gracie (5-0) vs. Dave Marfone (5-2)
Updated Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader Preliminary Card (Bellator.com):
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Ryan Couture (10-5) vs. Haim Gozali (7-3)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jerome Mickle (2-1) vs. Anthony Giacchina (1-1)
Catchweight Preliminary Bout (168 1bs.): John Salgado (4-7-1) vs. Hugh McKenna (0-1)
Catchweight Preliminary Bout (130 1bs.): Matt Rizzo (9-2, 1 NC) vs. Sergio da Silva (6-8)
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