Bellator NYC: Backstage | Madison Square Garden video

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Bellator NYC was an amazing night, relive it like never before.

We’re a week removed from Bellator’s journey back into the land of PPV. Bellator NYC was a very memorable card for a number of reasons. The return of Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva facing Chael Sonnen, championship fights, amazing debuts, it was a night not to be missed. Bellator has released a special behind the scenes video called Bellator NYC Backstage. You can check it out below.

For the full results from that amazing card, click here.

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Watch Bellator Ceremonial Weigh Ins here at 3 PM PST

Bellator Ceremonial Weigh-ins

All the fighters stepped on the scale this morning, but this afternoon they’ll face off and pose.

This morning one by one the fighters fighting at Bellator 180 and Bellator NYC stepped onto the scale to make weight for their fights Saturday night. All three title fights are now official as all six competitors were on point.  Fedor weighed in at 236.4 pounds, while Matt Mitrione weighed in at 256.6 pounds. At 3 PM PST you can watch the Bellator Ceremonial Weigh-ins right here.

 

Main card (Bellator PPV)

Chael Sonnen (205.8) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205.8)
Fedor Emelianenko (236.4) vs. Matt Mitrione (256.6)
Michael Chandler (153.8) vs. Brent Primus (154.2) – Bellator Lightweight Championship
Douglas Lima (170) vs. Lorenz Larkin (169.8) – Bellator Welterweight Championship
Aaron Pico (156) vs. Zach Freeman (155.8)

Undercard (Spike TV T)

Phil Davis (204.8) vs. Ryan Bader (204.4) – Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
James Gallagher (144.4) vs. Chinzo Machida (146)
Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Dave Marfone (170.4)
Heather Hardy (125.2) vs. Alice Yauger (125.6)

 Undercard (MikeSwick.com 6 PM PST)

Ryan Couture (168.8) vs. Haim Gozali (169.2)
Jerome Mickle (155.8) vs. Anthony Giacchina (157.4)
John Salgado (168.2) vs. Hugh McKenna (168.8)
Matt Rizzo (133.6) vs. Sergio da Silva (137.6) (catchweight was 130 pounds)
Bradley Desir (160.6) vs. Nate Grebb (155.4)

Silva and Sonnen don’t play nice at Bellator NYC media day

Bellator NYC

Bellator is going to have to beef up security when Silva is in the building.

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva went face to face today at the Bellator NYC media day. It was their first meeting in a long while. Silva had opted not to attend previous press conferences because he felt he’d snap and attack Sonnen.  Well as they faced off today, it didn’t take long for the heated discussion to turn to a physical altercation, as Silva pushed Chael with one hand and security jumped in immediately.

Bellator NYC is Saturday night and Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen will meet in the main event of the PPV. The two have been on a collision course since they coached against each other on The Ultimate Fighter. The two erupted into violence on that set as well, getting involved in a fistfight while taping.

Bellator posted the little dust-up on Twitter, and now we’re sharing it with you.

Wanderlei Silva skipped conference so he “Wouldn’t do what Cyborg did to that girl.”

Silva skipped

Things are at a fever pitch with Silva and Sonnen ahead of their Bellator NYC fight. Bellator held a press conference last week, and Wanderlei Silva skipped it. The promotion initially reported that Silva was sick and he admits he was under the weather, but he also had a more telling reason why he didn’t … Read moreWanderlei Silva skipped conference so he “Wouldn’t do what Cyborg did to that girl.”

Mauro Ranallo and Mike Goldberg heading to Bellator

Mauro Ranallo and Mike Goldberg

Jimmy Smith is sticking around, Sean Grande has stepped down. Things are pretty active at Bellator as they head into their Bellator NYC PPV event. They have added Mauro Ranallo and Mike Goldberg to their announce team. Yesterday Sean Grande, Bellator’s play by play announcer announced he was leaving the promotion. The increased Bellator workload … Read moreMauro Ranallo and Mike Goldberg heading to Bellator

Watch the Bellator NYC Press Conference Video here

Bellator NYC press

Bellator held a press conference for their PPV today, here it is.

As we reported yesterday, Wanderlei Silva was under the weather and did not make it to the Bellator NYC press conference. He was however there via satellite.  There were some pretty funny moments as you might expect with Chael Sonnen in the house.  One of the best quotes came from Sonnen regarding Wanderlei. He said he wouldn’t “Come into the men’s bathroom at the homeless shelter, you can call me out all you want.”  Typical Sonnen magic.

The only downside of the press conference is they didn’t mute Wand’s mic when he wasn’t speaking. So, his labored breathing is a bit of a distraction. One of these days, Bellator will iron out the kinks when they do one of these things. You almost feel bad for Fedor sitting there, having to listen to Chael call himself the best ever, and say time and again that Fedor is there to “Jerk the Curtain” for him, which is slang in pro wrestling for going on first and not being the big deal. Oh well, what are you going to do? Sonnen is going to Sonnen.

The video can be seen in its entirety below.

 

Bellator NYC: Matt Mitrione – Family Ties. Mitrione goes back to New York

Bellator NYC

We take a trip back to New York with Mitrione who played for the NY Giants

Bellator has released a new video showing Matt Mitrione indicating how special New York is to him. He played for the New York Giants back in 2002. Matt was injured in a 2002 playoff game against the 49ers and had seven-foot surgeries, including one that elongated his Achilles tendon. He was on crutches for 16 months.  Now he’s on the verge of fighting in the main event of Bellator NYC.

In this video, he goes to his cousin’s home, where he stayed during his time trying out for the Giants.  We see his family, how close he is to them and they throw down the traditional big family meal.  They’re all so proud of him, and you get a sense of the kind of people are in his life.

He talks about fighting in Madison Square Garden, and how it is where sports legends have become Gods.  He has the chance to knock out the best heavyweight in the history of the sport, in the greatest arena in sports. It’s a great video.

King Mo wins his fight at Bellator 175, instantly added to Bellator NYC

bellator nyc

Bellator wasted no time in introducing King Mo’s next fight. The sweat hadn’t even dried on King Mo’s brow after his Unanimous Decision victory over Quinton Jackson when Bellator made the announcement.  King Mo was instantly added to Bellator NYC in Madison Square Garden.  Who will Mo be taking on you might ask?  None other … Read moreKing Mo wins his fight at Bellator 175, instantly added to Bellator NYC