The biggest event in Bellator history takes place Saturday when the promotion touches down in New York City for the first time with Bellator NYC and Bellator 180 at Madison Square Garden.
The Bellator NYC lineup, which features two title fights and airs on pay-per-view, is headlined by one of MMA’s most heated grudge matches when Chael Sonnen (28-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) finally meets former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the light-heavyweight headliner.
Bellator NYC’s PPV lineup follows a four-fight offering on Spike, which is headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch. Current titleholder Phil Davis(17-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) puts his belt on the line against Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who edged “Mr. Wonderful” by split decision under the UFC banner in January 2015.
For more on the numbers behind Bellator’s most stacked fight card to date, check out 30 pre-event facts for Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.
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Sonnen enters the event with just one victory in his past five fight dating back to July 2012. His lone victory in that stretch came against Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 in August 2013.
Sonnen has suffered 14 of his 15 career losses by stoppage.
Silva, 40, is the oldest of the 18 fighters scheduled to compete at Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.
Silva returns to competition for the first time since March 3, 2013. The 1,574-day layoff is the longest of his more than 20-year career.
Silva competes outside the UFC or PRIDE FC organizations for the first time since August 2000.
Silva’s 40 appearances in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Dan Henderson for most in combined organizational history.
Silva’s 27 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are the most in combined organizational history.
Silva’s 20 stoppage victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are second most in combined organizational history behind Mirko Filipovic (21).
Silva has alternated wins and losses over his past six fights. He defeated Brian Stann by knockout in his most recent bout at UFC on FUEL TV 8 in March 2013.
Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is 2-0 since he returned from retirement in December 2015.
All of Matt Mitrione’s (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) career bouts have come under the Bellator or UFC banner.
Mitrione has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage.
Mitrione has earned all 10 of his career stoppage victories by knockout.
Remaining main card
Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) competes in his 12th Bellator welterweight bout, tied with Andrey Koreshkov for the most appearances in divisional history.
Lima’s nine victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with ex-champ Ben Askren for second most in divisional history behind Koreshkov (10).
Lima has earned 24 of his 28 career victories by stoppage.
Lima’s seven stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history.
Lima’s eight knockout victories in Bellator competition are most in company history.
Lima’s seven knockout victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history.
Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is 4-1 since he dropped to the welterweight division in January 2015.
Larkin has earned all three of his welterweight stoppage victories by knockout.
Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) competes in his 17th Bellator bout, tied for the second most appearances in company history behind David Rickels (18).
Chandler competes in his ninth Bellator title fight, the most in company history.
Chandler’s five Bellator title-fight victories are tied with Eduardo Dantas and Askren for most in company history. His three title-fight loses are most in company history.
Chandler’s 13 victories in Bellator competition are second most in company history behind Patricio Freire (14).
Chandler’s 10 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are tied with Freire for most in company history.
Brent Primus’ (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) five-fight Bellator winning streak in lightweight competition is tied with Adam Piccolotti for the longest active streak in the division.
Bellator 180 main card
Davis’ four-fight winning streak in Bellator light-heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
Bader makes his Bellator debut following a UFC tenure in which he made 20 light-heavyweight appearances, the most in company history.
Bader enters the event with seven victories in his past eight fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came against Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in January 2016.
Bader owns a split-decision victory over Davis at UFC on FOX 14 in January 2015.
James Gallagher (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), 20, is the youngest of the 18 fighters scheduled to compete at Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.
Heather Hardy (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a professional boxing standout, makes her MMA debut at the event.