Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu rolls out welcome mat for Bellator 188

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Dann StuppIsrael has rolled out the welcome mat for this week’s Bellator 188 event.

Ahead of Thursday’s event, which takes place at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv (and airs on Spike on Friday via delay), Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with some Bellator luminaries.

The PM’s press office released some photos, as well as a video (watch it above) on its official YouTube page.

Meeting PM Netanyahu were Bellator 188 fighters Noad Lahat and Haim Gozali, as well as Bellator brand ambassadors/notables Fedor Emelianenko and Royce Gracie. They met at the nation’s Parliament in Jerusalem.

The PM even did a little sparring. Check out the above and some photos below.

And for more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Fans invited to this week's Bellator NYC weigh-ins, Q&A, fan fest in New York City

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Bellator’s long-awaited return to pay-per-view takes place this week, and fans can get up close and personal with some MMA legends.

Fans are invited to the weigh-ins for Bellator NYC, as well as a Q&A session with four MMA legends and a fan fest on Friday in New York City. Bellator NYC takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden with a main card on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 portion of the event on Spike and MMAjunkie.

The Q&A and ceremonial Bellator NYC weigh-ins take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Doors open to fans at 4 p.m. ET. At 4:30 p.m., fans can meet the Bellator ring girls. At 5 p.m., a “Legends” Q&A takes place with Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Royce Gracie and Dan Henderson. And the ceremonial weigh-ins for the event kick off at 6 p.m.

After that, members of the “Bellator Nation” fan club can head to Dave & Buster’s in Times Square for a chance to meet Ortiz and Gracie, who will be on hand from 8-11 p.m. ET. The event is free with an RSVP by Bellator Nation members, who can sign up at bellator.com/fanfest.

In the Bellator NYC main event, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) takes on Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a long-awaited grudge match. In the co-feature, heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fights Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). The pay-per-view portion also features a pair of title fights. Welterweight champion Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) takes on new acquisition Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) meets Brent Primus (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA). Plus, in the main event of the Bellator 180 portion on Spike, light heavyweight champ Phil Davis (17-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) rematches recent signee Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) with the title on the line.

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

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