Bellator 180 is taking place Saturday night and is full of UFC veterans and title fights. This card features several UFC legends and former champions including the likes of Randy Couture, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. However, in addition to MMA legends, this fight card also has three divisional title fights that should be highly entertaining for television viewers and the Madison Square Garden crowd. Heavyweight champion Phil Davis is 17-3 in his career and faces 22-5 Ryan Bader in what should be an extremely close title fight. Welterweight champion Douglas Lima is 28-6 in his MMA career and will face 18-5 Lorenz Larkin for the title. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler is 16-3 in his career and will look to defend his title against submission specialist Brent Primus who is 7-0 in his MMA career. All of these title fights should be quite entertaining and competitive with each fight lasting at least a few rounds.
However, the main fight in this card is between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Sonnen is a UFC legend who partook in several UFC title bouts including his legendary five round fight with Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship where he lost in the fifth round via triangle armbar submission in 2010. Sonnen is currently 40 years old and has a professional MMA record of 28 wins with only 15 loses. Sonnen made his Bellator MMA debut earlier this year and fought against Tito Ortiz where he lost in a first round submission. After his departure from the UFC in 2014, Sonnen started a grappling event series called ‘Submission Underground’. With Sonnen’s passion for grappling and submissions, one can reasonably infer that he plans on using his grappling expertise against Silva on Saturday night.
Sonnen’s opponent on Saturday night will be none other than knockout specialist Wanderlei Silva. In his MMA career, Silva has 35 wins and only 12 losses with 25 of those wins coming via knockout. Silva is also 40 years old and has not fought since 2013. Silva is a tank who will plan on punching Sonnen repeatedly before Sonnen can take the fight to the ground. However, one has to wonder how rusty Silva will be due to his four year break and if he is in good enough shape to defeat someone whose last fight was only a few months ago.
I expect this fight to be very entertaining due to the conflicting fighting styles that both opponents like to use. Sonnen will try to keep the fight in the clinch and on the ground while Silva will look to drop bombs in the stand up game. I personally think Silva will catch Sonnen with a few heavy punches and will win this fight via knockout. Either way, Bellator 180 should be a phenomenal MMA spectacle.
Bellator 180: Fight Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Bellator 180: Sonnen vs. Silva
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Pay-Per-View Time: 10:00 P.M.
Spike TV Prelims Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
Bellator.com Prelims Time: 6:00 P.M. EST
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City
Broadcast: PPV, Spike TV, Bellator.com
How To Watch Bellator 180 Online & Mobile
The Bellator 180 Main Card will begin at 10:00 P.M. EST and can be watched online via PPV with a variety of cable provider.
The second part of the Bellator 180 preliminary fight card begins at 8:00 EST and can be watched online on Spike.com. One has to sign in using one’s TV provider and it is free of charge within one’s cable subscription.
The first part of the Bellator 180 preliminary fight card begins at 6:00 EST and can be watched online at Bellator.com. The broadcast is free of charge.
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MMAStreams via Reddit
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Bellator 180 Fight Card
Main Card (10:00 P.M. EST on PPV)
Lightweight: Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman
Welterweight: Douglas Lima (c) vs. Lorenz Larkin
Lightweight: Michael Chandler (c) vs. Brent Primus
Heavyweight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione
Light Heavyweight: Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
Prelims (8:00 P.M. EST on Spike TV)
Women’s Flyweight: Heather Hardy vs. Alice Yauger
Welterweight: Neiman Gracie vs. Dave Marfone
Featherweight: James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida
Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis (c) vs. Ryan Bader
Prelims (6:00 P.M. EST on Bellator.com)
Lightweight: Bradley Desir vs. Nate Grebb
Catchweight (130 lbs): Matt Rizzo vs. Sergio da Silva
Catchweight (168 lbs): John Salgado vs. Hugh McKenna
Lightweight: Jerome Mickle vs. Anthony Giacchina
Welterweight: Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali