Bellator NYC highlights: Chael Sonnen scores dominant decision over Wanderlei Silva

Check out the video highlights from Bellator NYC’s headliner as Chael Sonnen bested Wanderlei Silva over 3 rounds. The main event for Bellator NYC witnessed the long awaited grudge match between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Silva was able to do some damage on the feet, but it was Sonnen who was able to routinely score the takedown and work from top position. Sonnen picked up the unanimous decision victory, and is now 1-1 in the Bellator promotion.
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of round 1 from Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva:
Round 1 – Chael with a front kick. He’s in on a takedown immediately and gets it. Elbows and a right from Chael against the cage. He’s landing hard. Silva can’t lock him down. More big rights. Body shots. Chael with the can opener. Wandy has no room to breathe. Silva finally kicks off and gets up with 2:15 to go but Chael immediately crowds him against the cage again. Knees from Chael. Silva with a flurry. Nice right from Sonnen but the counter from Silva dropped him! Silva on top now and Chael has a hold of his arms. Chael got up and looked for a takedown but Wandy secured a guillotine. Chael working from the top with a minute to go. He’s in half. He can’t free his left leg to move to mount. 10-9 Chael despite getting dropped.
Check out the moral of the story for Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva:

The top game of @ChaelSonnen is taking over this fight! #BellatorNYC pic.twitter.com/NgDfJ2OwnZ— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) June 25, 2017

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Zach Freeman vs. Aaron Pico full fight video highlights

Watch Zach Freeman vs. Aaron Pico full fight video highlights from Bellator NYC’s main card above, courtesy of Viacom.

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva took place June 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Veteran lightweight Zach Freeman (9-2) took on debuting blue-chip prospect Aaron Pico (0-1) on the night’s main card, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Freeman vs. Pico, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: Time to see what the hype is all about. Rob Hines is the ref. They touch gloves. Immediately Pico gets dropped with a counter right uppercut! Now Freeman is taking his neck, it’s in tight…it’s over! Pico loses his debut to woodwork fighter Zach Freeman!

Bellator NYC official results: Zach Freeman def. Aaron Pico at :24 of R1

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Bellator 180 fight video highlights

Watch full Bellator 180 fight video highlights from Bellator’s big Saturday night event above, courtesy of Spike.

Bellator 180: Bader vs. Davis 2 took place June 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Newly signed Bellator light heavyweight Ryan Bader took on reigning champion Phil Davis in a rematch in the night’s main event, which aired live on Spike TV. Elsewhere on the card, boxing champion Heather Hardy and Irish featherweight James Gallagher also picked up statement wins. Catch video highlights from those fights above.

For more on Bellator 180, check out MMA Fighting’s complete event results.

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Bellator NYC Video Recap: Chael Sonnen smothers Wanderlei Silva in lopsided victory

Check out Bloody Elbow’s recap of Bellator NYC’s main event between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. After a night of wacky fights on Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva, one of the most bitter feuds in recent MMA history finally received some semblance of closure after Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen finally fought each other inside the Bellator cage. And it wasn’t half bad.
The first round saw Sonnen secure an early takedown of Silva — which would really be the story of this entire fight. In full mount Sonnen landed punches and elbows, with little resistance put up by his foe. Posturing up with ease, Sonnen showed off his clear size and strength advantage over the Brazilian. However, one posture gave Silva just enough space to explode to his feet. After a little clinch against the cage, they separated and Silva landed a knee to Sonnen’s face, as he stooped down for another takedown attempt. Sonnen was dropped, but when Silva followed his rival to the ground, he was met with a closed guard. Sonnen eventually wormed his way back to his feet, where he bull-rushed Silva back to the ground. Sonnen held top position for the remainder of the round.
Both men came out lively for the second round. A hopping knee for Sonnen landed around Silva’s chest and elicited the wild swinging punches we associate with the Axe Murderer of old. One might have landed, but a half-hearted takedown from Sonnen was enough to end the flurry. As they slumped to the ground, Silva caught Sonnen in a guillotine choke, which looked tight at first. However, it quickly became apparent that both men were exhausted and that Silva’s choke attempt was of little danger to Sonnen. The pair decided to stay in this position for around a minute, which was hilarious. Eventually Big John McCarthy saw enough and decided to stand them back up. At the restart Sonnen completed yet another takedown. And, just like in the first round, he finished the round in top position.
At the beginning of the final round Sonnen launched another takedown at Silva, who was powerless to stop it. After a tangle on the ground, Sonnen squirmed into half mount. The majority of the round was spent with Sonnen teasing a kimura and landing an occasional elbow to Silva’s dome. As clock ticked down Sonnen got to full mount, then side control; where he tried for a head and arm choke. Even though Silva looked tired, he still had enough energy to shuck off any submission the American Gangster seriously attempted. With seconds left on the clock, Silva showed no interest in getting off the canvas on his own (hoping instead that Big John would do it for him). But the third ended just like the other rounds, with Sonnen in a dominant position.
When the final bell rang, Silva shared his disgust – clearly he was not satisfied with the fight Sonnen had given him. This looked like sour grapes after Sonnen’s professional performance had effectively neutralized the formerly dangerous Brazilian for 95% of the fight. In the end, it was an easy decision for the judges – who scored it 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26 for Sonnen.
On the mic Sonnen cut one of his trademark promos, which was mildly interrupted by a delicate nudge from Silva who was exiting the cage. Nonplussed Sonnen continued with his diatribe, attempting to set-up a fight with the recently concussed Fedor Emelianenko.
What was the highlight of the fight?
Even though the mannequin challenge is so 2016, the minute long freeze frame of Sonnen lightly being held in a guillotine hug by Silva is my highlight of the fight. If nothing else, it elicited a collectors’ item in the form of a referee standing two fighters up despite there being a clear submission attempt theoretically in place.
Where do these two go from here?
Chael Sonnen clearly wants a crack at The Last Emperor, which feels like a fight Coker would make. If Emelianenko is done with Bellator, there will be other fights for Sonnen; who showed that he still has mileage as a shameless self-promoter and a competitive fighter within Bellator’s dad-bod division.
Watch now, later, or never?
Check it out now. I thought the fight delivered more action than what was expected. Sonnen’s performance was also redeeming given his last showing (versus Tito Ortiz) and is worth watching for that reason, too.

The top game of @ChaelSonnen is taking over this fight! #BellatorNYC pic.twitter.com/NgDfJ2OwnZ— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) June 25, 2017

And just like that, it’s one more in the win column for the ‘Bad Guy’ #BellatorNYC @ChaelSonnen pic.twitter.com/LLrzizg4ws— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) June 25, 2017

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Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva full fight video highlights

Watch Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva full fight video highlights from Bellator NYC’s main event above, courtesy of Spike.

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva took place June 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Veteran light heavyweight Chael Sonnen (30-15-1) and Pride FC legend Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1, 1 NC) faced off in a long-awaited grudge match in the night’s main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Sonnen vs. Silva, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: Main event time. See if the weirdness continues. The referee is Big John McCarthy. Anthems were played for America and Brazil. It’s 12:32am. Here we go. Leg kick from Chael, and he immediately takes Wanderlei down. Shades of old Sonnen. He goes into some serious ground and pound on fence, and Wandy is fending best he can. Hammerfists now. Sonnen postures up and lands a nice load of rights. This is what Wandy couldn’t afford to do. It’s like Sonnen is swimming, the way he keeps moving his arms. Silva isn’t exactly keeping him tight. Sonnen’s G&P continues. Now Wandy able to get back up, and the crowd lets out a roar. See how long he can stay here. They are clinched, and now they break. Silva wallops Sonnen with a right hand, and he goes down! Now Wandy jumps on him, and is trying to finish. That gives Sonnen time to recover, now he gets up and takes Silva down. Whoa. It’s Sonnen on top now, and right back to the ground and pound. Elbows from Sonnen as the 10-second clacks ring out. He ends round on top. Crazy opening round there. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Sonnen, 10-9

Round 2: Silva lands another big punch, and Sonnen again wobbles, and as Sonnen takes Silva down Silva grabs his neck. He is squeezing for his life, turning red. Sonnen doesn’t appear in danger. On it goes. Silva might be gassing himself out here, just hold the choke, which isn’t in clean. He’s holding on for dear life though as McCarthy looks on. Now they are asked to stand, and immediately Sonnen shoots for a take down and gets it with relative ease. Bad spot for Silva, given the expense of energy he spent on that choke. Sonnen operating from his guard, and landing shots. Right hands from Sonnen, as he postures out for space. It’s a landslide when it gets to this position. Silva just can’t up. Chael does for a quick second, but only to put some mustard on a right hand as he dives back into Silva’s guard. That is how the round will end. With Sonnen on top. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Sonnen, 10-9 (20-18 overall)

Round 3: Sonnen waits for Silva to throw a big piece of leather, and immediately shoots for a double-leg, and down they go. This time Sonnen fairly easily advances to mount, but Silva recovers back to half guard. Sonnen landing elbows. Sonnen just suffocating Silva here, taking it to him. Silva has been rendered helpless to do much about it, and then again, Sonnen doesn’t seem to have any finishers other than the hammerists and rights. So far Silva taking his beat to the ticking of the clock. Now into mount. And now into side control. Silva unable to help it. Crowd doesn’t know what to think, but this is Chael’s fight. He’s going to get this decision. He’s back into mount, and wailing away with punches to Silva’s sides. This is how the feud ends; the way most thought it would. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Sonnen, 10-9 (30-27 overall)

Bellator NYC official results: Chael Sonnen def. Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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Matt Mitrione vs. Fedor Emelianenko full fight video highlights

Watch Matt Mitrione vs. Fedor Emelianenko full fight video highlights from Bellator NYC’s co-main event above, courtesy of Viacom.

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva took place June 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Veteran heavyweight Matt Mitrione (12-5) took on Pride FC legend Fedor Emelianenko (36–5, 1 NC) in the night’s co-main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.

For more on Mitrione vs. Emelianenko, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Chuck Mindenhall.

Round 1: Dan Miragliotta is the referee. Big pop for Fedor. Mitrione dances around, and Fedor just waits. Both men looking to land big. Mitrione first to throw, a left that misses. Leg kick from Fedor. USA chant goes off. Mitrione with a shoving left hand, and then they both swing at the same time and both land and go down! A double knockdown. Now Mitrione recovers first and lands a couple of shots, right hands, and now a big one and Fedor is out! It’s over. What a crazy fight. Mitrione just left Fedor lying supine on the canvas trying to come back to consciousness.

Bellator NYC official results: Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko via KO (punches) at 1:14 of R1

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Bellator NYC Video: Hyped prospect Aaron Pico gets finished in 24 secs

Check out the video highlights from Bellator NYC’s shocking 24 second upset of Aaron Pico at the hands of Zach Freeman. Bellator NYC saw its fair share of upsets, including a spoiled debut for the highly scouted wrestling standout Aaron Pico, thanks to a swift 24 second club and sub at the hands of Zach Freeman. In the middle of throwing a jab-cross combo, Pico was clobbered with a well timed right uppercut from Freeman, which floored the debuting fighter. Freeman immediately dove on the neck, locking up a Guillotine and finishing the move from half guard. Although Pico did tap out, he fell unconscious as Freeman released the hold. What a tough debut for the super hyped up prospect!
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of Zach Freeman’s club and sub of Aaron Pico:
Round 1 – Pico pressed forward and got caught with a big shot on the feet! Freeman dropped for a guillotine! It’s over! The vaunted prospect just got stopped inside 30 seconds!
Zach Freeman defeats Aaron Pico via submission (D’Arce choke), 0:24 of round 1

Check out Zach Freeman club and sub Aaron Pico in a sporty 24 seconds at Bellator NYC:

Aaron Pico vs Zach Freeman #BellatorNYC pic.twitter.com/VOwsGE6XAh— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) June 25, 2017

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Bellator NYC video highlights: Matt Mitrione survives double knockdown to KO Fedor

Check out the video highlights from Bellator NYC’s heavyweight co-main event between Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione. The Bellator NYC co-main event saw a miraculous double knockdown when Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko connected with punches at the same exact time, sending each other crashing to the canvas. It was Mitrione who was able to recover first, and land some fight ending ground and pound. Mitrione improves to 3-0 in Bellator while Fedor’s Bellator debut ends in a thud in one of the craziest endings you’ll see this year.
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of Matt Mitrione taking out Fedor Emelianenko:

Round 1 – Mitrione dancing on the outside. Fedor waiting for him. Fedor throws the first strike, a leg kick, after 45 seconds. They both dropped each other at the same time with punches! WHOA! THAT WAS ALMOST A DOUBLE KNOCKOUT! But Mitrione is up first and he jumps all over Fedor! It’s over! Fedor is out cold!
Matt Mitrione defeated Fedor Emelianenko by KO (punches), 1:14 of round 1

Fedor Emelianenko vs Matt Mitrione #BellatorNYC WOW!!!! pic.twitter.com/7ojfSU6FjD— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) June 25, 2017

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Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva 6th Round post-fight show

Zane Simon and Eddie Mercado reflect on Bellator’s second ever PPV. A night of total weirdness from New York City. With results and analysis for every fight on the PPV card and on the Bellator 180 main card. Be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on YouTube and itunes, and check us out on SoundCloud as well.

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Mitrione after KOing Fedor: President Trump, F—k the Warriors, I’ll come to the White House!

Matt Mitrione had a message for Donald Trump after knocking out Fedor Emelianenko in Bellator: NYC Matt Mitrione notched the biggest win of his career at Bellator: NYC. The UFC veteran survived an insane double knockdown and immediately knocked out a PRIDE legend in Fedor Emelianenko.
Shortly after the victory, the UFC veteran took the mic to send a message to Donald Trump.
“Hey President Trump, f—k the Golden State Warriors!” he said. “I’m a real warrior. I’ll come to the White House. I’ll be good and honorable.”
The Golden State Warriors recently won the NBA championship on the backs of 4 all-stars including 2 MVPs. There were initial reports that the team had no interest in accepting any invite to the White House, which had been somewhat of a tradition with each of the champions visiting Obama every year.
Mitrione has now volunteered his services, but he’s a cage fighter who hasn’t won a championship just yet, so I’m not sure how likely that is at this point. But who knows? Trump has strong ties to MMA, and it’s not like this current administration is the easiest to predict either.
It is also interesting to note that Mitrione’s opponent, Fedor, also had nice things to say about Trump just before they fought.
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