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What did we get for our money at Bellator NYC, and would we spend it all over again?

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A double knockdown. A “legends” fight between two 40-year-olds. A title fight that ended with a floppy foot and a “Three Stooges” gag. A hype train derailed the instant it left the station.

This is just some of what we got for our $50 when Bellator returned to pay-per-view on Saturday night. Whether or not you think it was worth the money, you have to admit it was memorable. Weird might be the better term for it, but weird is a type of entertainment.

Considering what Bellator has to work with, it might be a type that the Viacom-owned promotion has to get used to. Of the six fights featured on the pay-per-view portion of Bellator NYC, two were legitimate title fights, two were nostalgia-based old-timers affairs, one was essentially a local shoutout to the Gracie clan, and one was a coming out party for a blue-chip recruit.

So how did it all work out?

The welterweight title fight between champion Douglas Lima and UFC import Lorenz Larkinwas “underwhelming,” according to the not inaccurate assessment of potential future Bellator welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald. The lightweight title scrap ended in a controversial upset victory for Brent Primus after a strange injury to Michael Chandler gave way to unintentional slapstick comedy.

The old-timers? Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko raced each other to the mat before Emelianenko once again lost his tenuous grip on consciousness, and then Chael Sonnen out-wrestled Wanderlei Silva before lapsing back into self-parody just in time for his post-fight interview.

That Gracie Jiu-Jitsu commercial? It went about like you’d expect, even if it was wedged bafflingly into the latter half of the broadcast to stifle momentum before the main event. The coming out party for Aaron Pico got spoiled by Zach Freeman, who reminded us that having experience matters more than having a Wikipedia page.

But when all was said and done, were you not entertained? Didn’t you feel like you came away with plenty to talk (and laugh and shake your head) at?

If the goal was to give us an event that we didn’t feel like we could miss, yet also one that didn’t feel like a weak knockoff of the UFC, it’s hard not to call this a success.

But coming out of Bellator NYC, it does feel like we’ve seen the glimpses of a workable strategy. Bellator has legitimate, relevant talents on its roster, but they don’t draw the masses. It also has fighters who were talented and relevant a decade ago, but who still put butts in seats, and the best of those realize that with less and less steak to sell, they need to focus more on the sizzle these days.

When combined with the inherent tendency toward the bizarre that exists in a sport like MMA, you have yourself a recipe for some memorable nights. You can get people talking, which is the first step to getting them interested. The appeal of a big Bellator event might never come with the exact same sales proposition as a UFC PPV, but that can be a feature instead of a bug.

What remains to be seen is whether or not it’s a viable way to make money over the long term. A few Bellator PPVs a year, when sprinkled with just the right blend of weirdness and seriousness? Sure, the hardcores will watch that. But are there enough hardcores buying enough events? Will we still want to see this plan in action a few years down the road, or does it only work as a bridge to something more traditional?

These are the questions Bellator is going to have to answer eventually. For now, all it has to ask itself is if we had enough fun – of one kind or another – to consider coming back for more.

And I admit it, I did. Even if I’m still not totally sure how or why.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Scott Coker likes Primus vs. Chandler 2, Bader vs. 'King Mo' title fights after Bellator NYC

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Perhaps the greatest benefit to Bellator’s recent pay-per-view event was the fact it set up some notable matchups for the future.

Bellator NYC took place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 prelims on Spike and MMAjunkie.

Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) won the main event while Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) scored a big knockout victory in the co-headliner. Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) defended his welterweight strap while Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) claimed gold.

Although the plans aren’t concrete, Bellator President Scott Coker has some ideas for future fights, and he discussed with MMAjunkie following the event.

One of the big questions after Bellator NYC was whether Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA), who dropped the Bellator lightweight title with a first-round injury TKO loss to Primus, will get an immediate rematch for the gold.

The extent of the Chandler’s ankle injury is unknown, but as long as Chandler isn’t out for an extended period, Coker said the two-time titleholder will get a rematch.

“We’ll do (the rematch) as long as Chandler can do it,” Coker said. “If he has to get surgery and he’s out for a year or six months or eight months, we’ll have to wait, I guess.”

As for new light heavyweight champion Bader, Coker said he has options. A third fight between “Darth” and Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) after their first two fights ended in split decisions is not the most appealing, especially with other notable fighters available.

Bader was originally supposed to fight Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) at Bellator 180, but “King Mo” suffered an injury and was replaced by Davis. Coker said he likes the original booking with Lawal, especially with Bader now the champ.

“Bader won, and we’ll see what happens,” Coker said. “‘King Mo’ comes to my mind right away (as his first challenger). For Phil, maybe he can fight Linton Vassell. We’ll find some fights for him.”

Another future title fight Coker expects is between 170-pound king Lima, who shut down promotional newcomer Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) over five rounds. “Phenom” has been the most successful welterweight in Bellator history, but his biggest test could come next with Rory MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA)

As far as Sonnen, who earned his first victory in nearly four years with a unanimous-decision win over Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in their long-awaited main-event grudge match, Coker said he doesn’t know exactly what’s next.

Sonnen mentioned potential fights with Fedor Emelianenko, Tito Ortiz and even Bader after Bellator NYC. Coker said it’s hard to go wrong when booking Sonnen, and regardless of the opponent, he expects one of his most sellable athletes to headline again.

“Chael’s got four of five great fights ahead of him,” Coker said. “We’ll find an opponent that will be another big blockbuster event like this. I think he could main event for us again.”

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator NYC post-event facts: Michael Chandler sets dubious title-fight record

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Chael Sonnen concluded his long journey back to the win column on Saturday when the three-time UFC title challenger was victorious against Wanderlei Silva in the Bellator NYC main event.

Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) capped off the organization’s return to pay-per-view with a unanimous-decision win over Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Madison Square Garden in New York, making for what was one of many notable results from the event.

Bellator NYC followed the Bellator 180 lineup, which aired on Spike (after early prelims on MMAjunkie). The nine televised fights provided much in the way in the post-fight fallout, and for more on the numbers, check out 35 post-event facts to come out of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.

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General

Bellator at Madison Square Garden

Debuting fighters went 3-6 at Bellator NYC and Bellator 180.

Betting favorites went 5-3 on the card. There were no odds available for one fight.

Betting favorites improved to 8-3 in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the nine-bout Bellator NYC and Bellator 180 lineup was 1:33:36.

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Bellator NYC

Chael Sonnen

Sonnen snapped his two-fight losing skid for his first victory since August 2013. He earned just his second victory in his past six fights.

Sonnen earned his first decision victory since Jan. 28, 2012 – a span of 1,974 days (more than four years) and six fights.

Silva was unsuccessful in his return to competition after a more than four-year layoff. He hasn’t earned a victory since March 2013.

Silva has alternated wins and losses over his past seven fights.

Matt Mitrione

Matt Mitrione’s (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) three-fight Bellator winning streak in heavyweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Cheick Kongo (five).

Mitrione has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Mitrione has earned all three of his Bellator victories by knockout.

Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) fell to 2-1 since he returned from retirement in December 2015.

Fedor Emelianenko

Emelianenko had his five-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since July 2011.

Emelianenko has suffered all five of his career losses by stoppage.

Emelianenko suffered his first knockout loss since July 30, 2011 – a span of 2,156 days (nearly six years) and six fights

Brent Primus’ (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) six-fight Bellator winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Michael Chandler and Brent Primus

Primus has earned four of his six Bellator victories by stoppage.

Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) lost the Bellator lightweight title for the second time.

Chandler fell to 5-4 in Bellator championship fights.

Chandler’s four Bellator title-fight losses are most in company history.

Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned six of his seven career stoppage victories by submission.

Zach Freeman

Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was unsuccessful in his pro debut.

Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) earned his first successful Bellator welterweight title defense. He failed to defend in his previous reign.

Lima’s 10 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Andrey Koreshkov for most in divisional history.

Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin

Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) fell to 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in January.

Larkin fell to 5-4 in his past nine fights.

Larkin has suffered five of his six career losses by decision.

Bellator 180

Ryan Bader

Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) improved to 8-1 in his past nine fights.

Bader improved to 2-0 in rematches.

Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned five of his six career victories by stoppage.

Dave Marfone (5-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

James Gallagher

James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned six of his seven career victories by stoppage.

Chinzo Machida (5-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) had his four-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2010.

Machida suffered his first submission loss since Apr. 29, 2006 – a span of 4,074 days (more than 11 years) and six fights.

Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), a pro boxing champion, was successful in her MMA debut.

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator NYC highlights: Champ Douglas Lima spoils Lorenz Larkin's Bellator debut

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Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima made his first title defense and spoiled the promotional debut of Lorenz Larkin on Saturday’s Bellator NYC pay-per-view main card.

The title fight took place at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) defeated Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) via unanimous decision via 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47 scores.

Check out the highlights above.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator NYC, Bellator 180 with Skynyrd and the Stones

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s Bellator NYC and Bellator 180 events in New York City went with as their backing tracks.

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Chael Sonnen def. Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Chael Sonnen: “Too Much Fun” by Daryle Singletary

Wanderlei Silva: “Sandstorm” by Darude

Neiman Gracie def. Dave Marfone via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:27

Neiman Gracie: “New York” by Ja Rule feat. Fat Joe & Jadakiss

Dave Marfone: “Desiigner (Remix)” by Timmy Turner feat. Kanye West

Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:14

Matt Mitrione: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Fedor Emelianenko: Russian song

Brent Primus def. Michael Chandler via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 2:22

Michael Chandler: “I Can’t Stop” by Jay-Z & Kanye West

Brent Primus: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

Zach Freeman def. Aaron Pico via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 0:24

Aaron Pico: “I am V.I.P.N” by V.I.P.N Beats

Douglas Lima def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)

Douglas Lima: “Tell The World” by Lecrae

Lorenz Larkin: “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)

Ryan Bader: “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones

Phil Davis: “With Everything (Tim Yagolnikov Remix)” by The White Album

James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:22

James Gallagher: “Small Town, Big Dream” by Mr. Mills

Chinzo Machida: “You’re the Best Around (Karate Kid soundtrack)” by Joe Esposito

Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:44

Heather Hardy: “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys

Alice Yauger: “Shook Ones Part II” by Mobb Deep

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator NYC results: Douglas Lima cruises past Lorenz Larkin to keep welterweight belt

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Bellator welterweight champ Douglas Lima was more economical in his offense against newcomer Lorenz Larkin. But he made his shots count, and he blocked most of those that came his way.

Over five rounds, Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) shut down Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with patient technique and denied the UFC defector the pleasure of an upset in his promotional debut.

The welterweight title bout opened up the main card of today’s Bellator NYC event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It aired on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 card on Spike with prelims on MMAjunkie.

The final scores were 50-45 and 48-47 twice for Lima, who made his first title defense after taking the title from Andrey Koreshkov this past November. Larkin, granted an immediate title shot after signing with Bellator, saw a two-fight streak snapped.

The fight’s latter two scores mirrored the close fight seen by the stats. According to Compustrike, Larkin had a brief edge in effective offense, landing 32 percent of his strikes compared to Lima’s 32.

What those numbers failed to reflect, however, was the difference in effectiveness. When Lima landed a shot, Larkin felt it, no more so than in the second round, when he was dropped by a counter left hook as he attempted to pound out a finish.

Larkin had landed a big overhand right and closed in with a swarm of punches, only to find himself fighting to stay conscious as Lima stood overhead. Rather than look for a ground and pound finish, the champ elected to let him back to his feet and slug it out. But given the comfortable lead he held in striking, it perhaps wasn’t such a surprise.

Over the rest of the fight, Lima thwacked Larkin’s legs with kicks. He followed with straight right that frequently found its mark. Larkin managed to avoid getting rattled by Lima’s offensive conclusions, but nevertheless found himself hitting a lot of glove as his strikes were intercepted. When he got too close, Lima tripped him to the mat and reset.

It was a dominant performance from Lima, who invited No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald to “come get it.”

MacDonald, for his part, was unimpressed by what he saw

“I was really underwhelmed,” he told Bellator broadcasters. – If these guys think they’re keeping the belt fighting like that, they’re just going to be another body in the grave.”

Up-to-the-minute Bellator NYC results include:

  • Douglas Lima def. Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47) – to retain welterweight title
  • Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46) – to win light heavyweight title
  • James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:22
  • Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:47
  • Ryan Couture def. Haim Gozali via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Bradley Desir def. Nate Grebb via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:54
  • Anthony Giacchina def. Jerome Mickle via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:40
  • Matt Rizzo def. Sergio da Silva via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:48
  • Hugh McKenna def. John Salgado via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 4:06

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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Bellator NYC staff picks: Anyone picking Wanderlei or Fedor in their Bellator debuts?

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Silva
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Mitrione
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Larkin
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Chandler
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Pico
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Bader
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 58-35
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Mitrione
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Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 56-37
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Sonnen
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Mitrione
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Lima
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Chandler
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Pico
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Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 55-38
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Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
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Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
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Chandler
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George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
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Mitrione
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Larkin
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For just the second time in its history, Bellator is headed to pay-per-view this weekend – and it will do it at the world’s most famous arena.

Bellator NYC takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following Bellator 180, which has a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) finally have a chance to settle their years-old grudge, which started when both were in the UFC. The light heavyweights meet in the headliner, which has Sonnen a modest -150 favorite. He’s a bigger pick with our MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts, though, who are giving him a 7-3 advantage in the picks.

In the co-main event, heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) meets Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a fight that was delayed from February, when the two were supposed to meet before Mitrione suffered from kidney stones on fight day and was pulled from the bout. The oddsmakers have the fight as a virtual pick’em with Mitrione at -120 to Emelianenko’s -110 – but our staff members are calling it as unanimous for Mitrione, 10-0.

The blockbuster card has a trio of title fights, two of which take place on the main card. Welterweight champion Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) puts his belt on the line against promotional newcomer Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who will make his Bellator debut after defecting from the UFC. The challenger is a 2-1 favorite, and eight of our 10 pickers are going with him to take Lima’s belt.

Lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) is an 8-1 favorite over Brent Primus (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA). To little surprise, he’s also a unanimous pick to retain his belt.

And in the Bellator 180 portion of the event on Spike, just ahead of the pay-per-view, light heavyweight champ Phil Davis (17-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) meets Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a rematch – and Bader’s Bellator debut after moving over from the UFC, like Larkin. Bader has a 6-4 edge in the picks, even though it’s Davis who is the slightest of favorites from the oddsmakers.

Also on the card, wrestling standout Aaron Pico (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his pro MMA debut against Zach Freeman (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Like Mitrione and Chandler, Pico is a unanimous choice at 10-0.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Sonnen, Mitrione, Larkin, Chandler, Pico and Bader are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen nearly scuffle at Bellator NYC faceoffs

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NEW YORK – To the surprise of virtually no one in attendance, Bellator NYC headliners Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva needed to be separated during their faceoff at today’s news conference.

Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) have been dancing toward this moment for years now in a rivalry that was brewing when both were in the UFC coaching opposite each other on a Brazilian season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

On Saturday, they meet in the main event of Bellator’s second foray into the world of pay-per-view at Bellator NYC, which takes place at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following Bellator 180, which has a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Sonnen and Silva remained calm, for the most part, during the news conference itself. But when it came time to meet on the stage with Bellator President Scott Coker in the middle, Sonnen told Silva early on to keep his distance, lest the two come to blows. They slowly inched toward each other, and when they were close enough, Silva gave his opponent a shove. Naturally, that caused the intervention of Coker and security personnel on the stage to keep things under control.

Sonnen and Silva were joined at the news conference by heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), who meet in Saturday’s co-main event; welterweight champion Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) and challenger Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA); lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) and challenger Brent Primus (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA); and Aaron Pico (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Zach Freeman (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

Check out the video above to see today’s faceoffs and the Sonnen vs. Silva altercation.

For more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator's Scott Coker: Champ Douglas Lima is 'the best welterweight in the world right now'

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Sorry, Tyron Woodley. But for Bellator CEO Scott Coker, the 170-pound division has another undisputed king across the board.

Douglas Lima is a killer,” Coker said in a promotional video leading up to Saturday’s Bellator NYC pay-per-view affair at Madison Square Garden in New York. “I’ll say here, he is the best welterweight in the world right now.”

OK, so Coker may be a little biased. But a look at champ Lima’s record show the claims are not completely without merit. Since his Bellator debut in 2011, Lima has only two losses. The most recent, a title-costing one to Andrey Koreshkov, was later avenged – with Lima re-claiming the belt in the process. Of his 28 career wins, a whopping 24 were finishes.

Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA), who’s also No. 13 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, puts his belt on the line against No. 7 Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) – a former 205-pounder who makes his Bellator debut on the heels of major UFC wins over contenders Neil Magny and Jorge Masvidal.

Of course, the 170-pound crown is not the only one up for grabs at Saturday’s event. Lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) also tries to keep his majesty when he meets undefeated Brent Primus (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA).

Dubbed the “Mike Tyson of Bellator” by Coker, the champ is clearly feeling up to the task.

“Brent Primus is young, tough guy,” Chandler said. “I’m excited for him. But I’m as close to unbeatable as I’m ever going to be in this sport.”

Primus, however, has some high-caliber support speaking on his behalf. Chael Sonnen, who headlines the card in a long-awaited meeting with longtime foe and MMA legend Wanderlei Silva, is encouraged by what he saw in training with the up-and-comer.

“As fighters, we all know who the best is,” Sonnen said. “We all know who’s where in that weight class. I’ll tell you right now: Michael Chandler, he’s got problems with Brent Primus. Primus is the right guy for this job.”

To hear more from the people involved in Bellator NYC, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Video: Watch today's Bellator NYC press conference on MMAjunkie at 11 a.m. ET

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NEW YORK – Prior to Saturday’s big event, you can watch today’s Bellator NYC press conference live here on MMAjunkie beginning at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT).

The media event takes place at Viacom’s headquarters in New York. The nearby Madison Square Garden hosts Saturday’s event, which includes a Bellator NYC pay-per-view card following prelims (Bellator 180) on Spike on MMAjunkie.

Attendees include Bellator CEO Scott Coker, headliners Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), co-headliners Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), welterweight champion Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) and opponent Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) and opponent Brent Primus (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA), and main-card opener Aaron Pico (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and opponent Zach Freeman (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

MMAjunkie is on site and will have full press-conference coverage.

For more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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