Full Picture of Bellator 180 Taking Shape


Bellator MMA has announced several additions to June 24th’s Bellator 180/ “NYC”, at Madison Square Garden, including the pro debut of Olympic wrestler Aaron Pico against submission savvy Zach Freeman, on the Bellator “NYC” pay per view card.

The Bellator 180 main event has seen a change as injury has forced “King Mo” off the card. Ryan Bader will instead make his Bellator debut challenging Phil Davis for the Bellator Light Heavyweight title. These two are no strangers, having fought to a split decision, that went Bader’s way at UFC on Fox 14, in January of 2015. Bader is currently on a 2 fight win streak coming off knock outs of Ilir Latifi and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Following the loss to Bader, Davis joined Bellator, winning a 4-man one-night tournament in his promotional debut, submitting Emanuel Newton and Knocking out Francis Carmont. Davis has followed up with decision wins of “King Mo” and Liam McGeary, to win the title. Fully updated cards below.

Complete Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Card (Pay-Per-View):
LHW: Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) vs. Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC)
HW: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)
WW Title: Douglas Lima (28-6) vs. Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC)
LW Title: Michael Chandler (16-3) vs. Brent Primus (7-0)
LW: Aaron Pico (Debut) vs. Zach Freeman (8-2)
Updated Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader Card (SPIKE):
LHW Title: Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) vs. Ryan Bader (22-5)
FW: James Gallagher (6-0) vs. Chinzo Machida (5-2)
WW: Neiman Gracie (5-0) vs. Dave Marfone (5-2)
Updated Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader Preliminary Card (Bellator.com):
WW: Ryan Couture (10-5) vs. Haim Gozali (7-3)
LW: Jerome Mickle (2-1) vs. Anthony Giacchina (1-1)
168: John Salgado (4-7-1) vs. Hugh McKenna (0-1)
130: Matt Rizzo (9-2, 1 NC) vs. Sergio da Silva (6-8)

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