Bellator MMA hits Madison Square Garden with big night of action – Orange County Register

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker likes to dream big and Saturday night is just that and more.

Coker’s Bellator MMA lands at Madison Square Garden with a split card, with Bellator 180 on SpikeTV and Bellator NYC on Pay-Per-View ($49.95).

“From top-to-bottom, this is a card I would watch and that’s how I determine if a card is good or not,” Coker said. “This is the best fight card being offered today in MMA. There hasn’t been that big card this year and I think this is it.”

The card begins with Bellator 180 with the preliminary fights airing on Bellator.com (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) with four-fight main card moving to Spike (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), anchored with Phil Davis facing Ryan Bader in a light-heavyweight title fight.

After that, the Bellator NYC card begins on Pay-Per-View (10 p.m./7 p.m. PT).

This is just the second time that Bellator has traveled down the PPV route, but the first in the Coker era.

“I think we’re going to have a great show,” Coker said. “This card is stacked,” Coker said. “We have something for everybody.”

In total, there are three title fights on the card. Light heavyweight champion Phil Davis defends his title against Ryan Bader; lightweight champion Michael Chandler facing undefeated Brent Primus; and welterweight champion Douglas Lima facing Bellator newcomer Lorenz Larkin of Riverside.

SONNEN-SILVA RIVALRY REKINDLED

One fight that has Coker excited is the main event as Chael Sonnen faces Wanderlei Silva.

The rivalry between two began when they coached against each other during the third season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

The fighters have been separated during the lead-up to the fight with Silva missing out on the New York and Los Angeles press conference stops.

That hasn’t stopped the vitriol from flying, especially in last week’s conference call.

“This is a fight I wanted to see three, four years ago,” Coker said. “I think people still want to see it.”

The two were initially scheduled to…

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