Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2476 with Brett Primus and Zach Freeman

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Brett Primus and Zach Freeman.

Both fighters claimed victories at Bellator NYC this past Saturday, with Primus defeating Michael Chandler for the lightweight title and Freeman upsetting super prospect Aaron Pico.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brent Primus and Zach Freeman

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET with guests Brent Primus and Zach Freeman.

Primus is the new Bellator lightweight champion after defeating injured Michael Chandler at Bellator NYC on Saturday. Freeman scored a major upset over super prospect Aaron Pico at the same event.

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So, when is Bellator returning to pay-per-view? Scott Coker has a plan

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(This story appears in today’s edition of USA TODAY.)

NEW YORK – Bellator still has a future on pay-per-view, though it differs from MMA’s other top promotion.

Bellator’s second PPV event took place Saturday and featured a mix of familiar names and top prospects. The fight promotion, widely considered the No. 2 MMA organization behind the UFC, offered Bellator NYC, which took place at iconic Madison Square Garden.

Despite some unexpected results, it set up big fights for the future. It also underscored the different PPV strategies for Bellator and the UFC.

The Viacom-owned Bellator is not trying to replicate the UFC’s formula, which includes approximately a dozen major PPV shows per year, with 30 or so smaller events carried by its cable partners and UFC Fight Pass, its digital streaming service.

Bellator, instead, will air 20 or so annual events on Spike, but PPV is still in the plans, according to Bellator President Scott Coker. However, he tells USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie the next PPV show probably won’t come until the first quarter of 2018, and they will remain infrequent offerings. However, he said he was encouraged by Bellator NYC’s success.

“This was the biggest event in the company’s history,” he says. “We’ve got great fighters here, and I think people are seeing the talent on this roster. … This is a worthy (organization), and we’re right there at the top too.”

He says Bellator is focused on being a fan- and fighter-friendly organization with its own matchmaking style and production elements. Its biggest event to date wasn’t perfect, but it had some stunning outcomes and viral moments, both of which help justify a $50 price tag for a product otherwise available for free on basic cable.

Bellator NYC, though, had a stacked lineup, which helped draw an announced attendance of 12,133. Fight-hype specialist Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) earned a decision win over longtime rival Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in the headliner, and heavy-handed Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) scored a 74-second win over famed heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a co-headliner that featured a rare double knockdown. Two new champs were crowned in three title fights, and unheralded Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) submitted highly touted lightweight prospect Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in just 24 seconds.

They weren’t all the best outcomes for Bellator’s matchmakers or marketing team, but the unexpected results created buzz and garnered fans’ attention.

“It’s such an exciting time to be a fan of MMA,” Sonnen says. “I thought the card as a whole was outstanding. … We did some pretty good business.”

Although Bellator debuted in 2009, the product has taken its current form only recently under the helm of Coker, who was hired as president in June 2014. The longtime combat-sports promoter knows how to put on an extravagant event, as his company roster attests.

“There’s more of it to come,” says Mitrione, whose bout with Emelianenko quickly became a viral hit. “They know what they’re doing. We’re leading the industry now, so now it’s (a matter of) what they can do to lead from the front, not chase from the back.”

The UFC comparisons are likely to remain, but Coker says he’s focused on Bellator’s own progress.

“People can compare us to whoever,” Coker says. “At the end of the day, we are an organization that’s come a long way in three years. We have record ratings, record sponsors, record international distribution. It’s owned by Viacom. That’s one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world. It’s one of the most powerful. It’s a good day when you have that kind of support.”

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: Zach Freeman shocks 10-1 favorite Aaron Pico in 24 seconds

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The heavily hyped and marketed pro-MMA debut of Aaron Pico resulted in a major upset loss to Zach Freeman at Saturday’s Bellator NYC event.

The event aired on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) used an uppercut and guillotine to tap 10-1 favorite Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in just 24 seconds.

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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Twitter reacts to Zach Freeman's stunning submission of Aaron Pico at Bellator NYC

Zach Freeman said he was going to shock the world at Bellator NYC, and that’s exactly what happened when he halted the hype train of prospect Aaron Pico.

Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) needed just 24 seconds to submit Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a D’Arce choke in the lightweight bout on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Freeman’s victory over Pico at Bellator NYC.

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

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Source: MMA Junkie

Bellator NYC results: Huge underdog Zach Freeman chokes out Aaron Pico in 24 seconds

Heavily-hyped Aaron Pico is still a work in progress.

Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) brought that fact into stark relief with an uppercut and guillotine choke that had Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) tapping quick.

The lightweight 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.

It was over just 24 seconds into the fight when Pico tapped and briefly went unconscious as Freeman modified his choke and squeezed with a D’Arce.

Pico handed him the opportunity. Perhaps anxious to put a knockout on the board after promising one at the event’s weigh-ins, Pico immediately closed the distance and fired off an overhand right. Unfortunately for him, Freeman beat him to the punch with an uppercut.

Pico’s knees buckled and Freeman grabbed the neck. Pico tried to get free, but was quickly forced to tap.

The 33-year-old Freeman, who’d been 1-2 in his previous three outings, scores a huge upset. Pico, 20, goes back to the drawing board having learned a painful lesson.

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

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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