From a wild and rare double-knockdown, featuring an MMA icon, to a back-and-forth battle for the lightweight title fight, to an even more shocking upset of an MMA prodigy – Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva was certainly entertaining, exciting and often unpredictable.
For those who missed the pay-per-view telecast on June 24 or want to see it again, Spike will present a special encore presentation of this memorable event on Friday, July 28 from 9-11:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Emanating from Madison Square Garden in in the heart of New York, Bellator’s biggest fight card featured a double main event between fierce rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Also, Matt Mitrione stood toe-to-toe with the iconic Fedor Emelianenko in a heavyweight showdown for the ages.
In addition, two explosive title fights occurred as Douglas Lima looked to defend his welterweight crown against Lorenz Larkin, and lightweight champ Michael Chandler faced undefeated Brent Primus.
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Rounding out the action, Aaron Pico made his long-awaited MMA debut against Zach Freeman in a lightweight bout, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Neiman Gracie put his skills on display against New York’s Dave Marfone.
Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 1 billion people worldwide in over 160 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on SPIKE, the combat sports television leader.
Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.
Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
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