Bellator NYC in Tweets: Pros react to Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva, Matt Mitrione vs. Fedor Emelianenko, more

An utterly bizarre evening at Madison Square Garden did not deter Chael Sonnen.

“The American Gangster” settled an old rivalry and picked up his first win in nearly four years at Bellator NYC, winning a grinding decision over Wanderlei Silva in the main event of Saturday’s pay-per-view card. Check out reaction to Sonnen’s performance below, plus the best of the rest from a chaos riddled night in the Empire State.


CHAEL SONNEN DEF. WANDERLEI SILVA


MATT MITRIONE DEF. FEDOR EMELIANENKO


BRENT PRIMUS DEF. MICHAEL CHANDLER


ZACH FREEMAN DEF. AARON PICO


DOUGLAS LIMA DEF. LORENZ LARKIN


RYAN BADER DEF. PHIL DAVIS


JAMES GALLAGHER VS. CHINZO MACHIDA


HEATHER HARDY DEF. ALICE YAUGER

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Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva post-fight results and analysis

Mookie Alexander recaps and analyzes the crazy night of fights at Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva in New York City. How do I put this eloquently? Bellator NYC/Bellator 180 was a weird-ass card. I mean it was extremely weird, but in a fun way! If you wanted entertainment, you got entertainment. We didn’t have actual epic back-and-forth fights, but we did have a double knockdown, a title change hands due to a broken ankle, a prospect get wrecked in 24 seconds, the PPV broadcast began with a title fight for some reason, and I haven’t even written about Chael Sonnen or Wanderlei Silva yet! So I might as well get to it.
With Wanderlei inactive for four years and Chael having not won for four years, I didn’t even bother with actual analysis for this grudge match. Turns out that this was pretty much the exact fight most people had predicted when they tried to book these two in the UFC in 2014. It was arguably the most normal fight on the main card. Wanderlei can’t stop the takedown, Chael couldn’t finish him, and in the few striking exchanges we saw, Wanderlei rocked Chael. None of this mattered for Wanderlei, as Sonnen got the unanimous decision win. Silva shoved Chael in the post-fight, and Tito Ortiz spent the entire contest trash-talking Sonnen. I don’t want to see those two rematch because there’s just no point. In the aftermath, Chael said he hated New York (Note: I live here and I can see his point!) and then called out Fedor, which reminds me…

Can you believe what happened between Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko? DOUBLE KNOCKDOWN. I’ve seen them in MMA and boxing but never in a fight of this magnitude. Mitrione recovered more quickly and then knocked Fedor out cold, which gives him the biggest win of his career. That is one of the craziest finishes I’ve ever seen and I was both yelling out loud and also kinda bummed that Fedor got starched that way. I don’t know if that was the last we’ve seen of The Last Emperor, but this loss should solidify the fact that he’s extremely past his best. Father Time is undefeated and your heroes get old.
Mitrione’s post-fight interview was all over the place. He said “f**k the Golden State Warriors” and asked President Trump to have him visit the White House in lieu of the NBA champions. Then he finished it by notifying everyone of the GoFundMe account set-up after the tragic passing of Tim Hague, who once fought Mitrione in the UFC.
I have no words for Bellator’s decision to have the anthems of the United States and Brazil played before the main event. Talk amongst yourselves in the comments section.
On the broadcast front, Mike Goldberg was … well he was himself, but perhaps a little more loose and sounding less robotic on tonight’s broadcast. Both he and Mauro Ranallo showed good chemistry with Jimmy Smith, who is a consummate pro. The less said about Josh Thomson and Brendan Schaub’s analysis, the better. I already got an earful from the Schaub hive on Twitter, but I really don’t care. You’re not going to dissuade me from my stance because you tag his handle in the replies.
Neiman Gracie submitted Dave Marfone by rear-naked choke in the swing bout. He was expected to win and he did! They moved this fight from the prelims to just before the main event due to time constraints. That’s all there is to report here.
I had a big rant about the ending to Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus and how Todd Anderson was wrong for stopping the fight to have doctors check on Michael Chandler’s clearly jacked up ankle. Normally you either intervene to stop the fight and call it an injury TKO without doctor intervention, or you let the fighter resume competing. My Three Amigos Podcast co-host Iain Kidd did some digging and found that Anderson was within his rights to do what he did. Primus is your new lightweight champion. Chandler literally fell on his ass after the commission took the stool out from under him. Ouch.
It sucks that Chandler lost his title in bizarre fashion and I thought he and Primus were gearing up for a really good fight before that craziness ensued. Hopefully there’s an immediate rematch, especially since Patricky Pitbull is currently set to fight Ben Henderson.

Aaron Pico was hyped as the greatest prospect in MMA history. His profile was on ESPN’s front page. He still may become one of the best fighters we’ve ever seen, but that time is absolutely not now. Pico’s pro debut ended in 24 seconds, with Zach Freeman flooring Pico with a devastating uppercut and then submitting him with a d’arce choke. A couple of us wrote in the staff picks (self-included) that putting a raw talent in there against a capable 8-2 fighter was a curious decision, and your end result is the hype train needing to go into the rail yard for serious repairs. Pico is only 20 so it’s insanely stupid to write him off, it’s just a horrendous way to lose given the high expectations set by putting him on a PPV main card, and it’s yet another instance of a heavily hyped Bellator prospect suffering a big upset loss.
How about a round of applause for the actual winner?! That was a beautiful performance by Freeman. The quickness of the finish after rocking Pico with the uppercut was fantastic, and many of you who know me are aware that I love d’arce chokes.
It wasn’t a thriller (much to my slight disappointment), but I found Douglas Lima’s win over Lorenz Larkin to be compelling viewing. Larkin was getting into a rhythm in round 2 and then Lima whacked him with a short left hook that changed the complexion of the fight. Lorenz’s switch to southpaw worked out well for him, but winning the last two rounds wasn’t enough for him to take the welterweight crown away from the Brazilian. The 50-45 Lima scorecard is bonkers but I felt the right guy got the nod. Kudos to Lima for his effective counter-punching and punishing kicks to build up an early lead, and now we’ll see him against Rory MacDonald is next. It’s going to be awesome.
Rory was underwhelmed by Lima vs. Larkin. I can understand his viewpoint, as there was not nearly enough blood for him to drink off the mat.

Ryan Bader is Bellator’s new light heavyweight champion after a split decision win over Phil Davis, his second in as many fights. I scored it 48-47 for Bader and don’t really think he won four rounds, but there was just very little to separate these two. Ryan stuffed all of Phil’s takedowns, Phil made sure Ryan didn’t do anything with his two takedowns, and the striking exchanges were close. It was not a good fight to watch. Tactical? Yes. Exciting? Hell no. Congrats to Bader, who finally wins a major LHW title, and he wins the Bellator belt on his first attempt.
Holy hell, James Gallagher! I expected him to beat Chinzo Machida but he made it look very easy. The smaller (but elder) brother of Lyoto had no chance on the ground and was swiftly choked out once the Irishman locked up the body triangle. Gallagher is the youngest fighter on the Bellator roster, and yes, that he trains with Conor McGregor means we can expect to see the exciting prospect get a bigger promotional push than most.
Pro boxing star Heather Hardy didn’t have it easy in her MMA debut against Alice Yauger, but after a nasty headbutt opened up a big cut on Hardy late in round 3, she just took Yauger apart after the restart, scoring a well-deserved TKO finish. The 35-year-old may be up there in age but her pro boxing debut was in 2012, so she doesn’t have the mileage of Holly Holm. The Brooklyn-native got the win in style, and I look forward to seeing whether or not she becomes a star for Bellator.
I was amused that Hardy dropped Yauger at the end of the fight and let her get back up, as if it was boxing. No 8-count here, Heather! Kudos to Big John McCarthy for the standing stoppage, as Yauger was just taking too many unanswered shots.
I didn’t really pay attention to the online prelims, but there were four finishes out of those five fights, so Mike Goldberg got to shout “IT IS ALL OVER!” a lot, except for Ryan Couture, who won a one-sided unanimous decision over Israel’s Haim Gozali.

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They said what?! Pros react to Chael Sonnen’s decision win over Wanderlei Silva at Bellator NYC

Chael Sonnen outgrappled Wanderlei Silva for three rounds to pick up a unanimous decision win. Pro fighters were not too pleased on Twitter. Chael Sonnen took Wanderlei Silva down over and over and controlled him to bring home an unanimous decision at Bellator NYC in New York City. On Twitter, pro fighters were shocked with Wanderlei’s lack of takedown defense.

Let’s go @ChaelSonnen— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) June 25, 2017

#GoWand — Dudu Dantas (@DuduDantasMMA) June 25, 2017

This is Chael Sonnen 2.0 – just has to stay away from that Kryptonite last second submission…— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) June 25, 2017

The only way Chael loses this fight is if he gasses. #BallatorNYC— Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) June 25, 2017

Bellator, where title fights are the prelims. #Bellator180— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 25, 2017

Never bet before weigh in— phil baroni (@philbaroni) June 25, 2017

Will Wandy shake hands after this L? Yall acting like it was about to be a barn burner. Chael does what he does.— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) June 25, 2017

YESSSS. @ChaelSonnen— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) June 25, 2017

Wand throwing a tantrum like a spoiled child. #BallatorNYC #TeamSonnen— Vinny Magalhães (@VinnyMMA) June 25, 2017

Notch one in for the NW boys, congrats @ChaelSonnen. My turn now.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) June 25, 2017

Notch one in for the NW boys, congrats @ChaelSonnen. My turn now.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) June 25, 2017

Wandy has been fighting for 50 years, should have worked on his takedown D. That’s like getting mad at football team for running the ball.— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) June 25, 2017

@ChaelSonnen is a fucken Joke.— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) June 25, 2017

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Bellator NYC PPV results: Chael Sonnen dominates Wanderlei Silva over 3 rounds

Check out the results from the Bellator NYC headliner as Chael Sonnen earned the unanimous decision against Wanderlei Silva at Madison Square Garden. The marquee matchup for bellator NYC saw the grudge match between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva come to a head. Sonnen went on to pick up a unanimous decision victory, as he successfully put Silva on his back, dropping ample ground strikes along the way.
Sonnen instantly blasted a double leg takedown, putting Silva on his back up against the cage. Sonnen dropped a barrage of punches from the top, as he continued to stack Silva from the guard. Silva found a way to escape to his feet, and dropped Sonnen with a right hand. Sonnen recovered, and scored another takedown to finish the round on top.
Both men came out swinging to start the second frame, with Silva landing the heavier punches. Sonnen shot in for the takedown, but Silva jumped a Guillotine, and both men sort of just held still in the position. Sonnen shot in and scored another takedown as soon as the action resumed, landing in the full guard of Silva and chipping away with short strikes.
The final round saw Sonnen score another early takedown, with Silva unable to produce much from the bottom. Sonnen continuously worked for a keylock, but Silva was too savvy to be sub’d.
Chael Sonnen def Wanderlei Silva by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2): Light Heavyweight
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Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva post-fight press conference live stream

Watch the post-fight press conference for Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva immediately following the conclusion of the event. Join us on Bloody Elbow at approximately 1:30 AM ET/10:30 PM PT for live streaming video of the Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva post-fight press conference. You can watch the stream at the top of the page, or go to Youtube directly if you prefer that. Be sure to follow Bloody Elbow’s Victor Rodriguez, who is on-site at Madison Square Garden in New York for us and covering the event from cageside.
Expected to be present at the presser are Bellator President Scott Coker, along with the stars of tonight’s pay-per-view, including headliners Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, as well as co-headliners Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione. The press conference will include the fighters and Coker fielding questions from the media, and considering who’s involved on the card, we’ll surely get some memorable lines.
Please note that depending on what time the card ends, the press conference may start later than originally scheduled.
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Bellator NYC results: Chael Sonnen wins grudge match over Wanderlei Silva

It took Chael Sonnen several years and two different promotions to get Wanderlei Silva in the ring.

He finally got the match he wanted against the former PRIDE 205-pound champion Saturday night in the main event of Bellator NYC at Madison Square Garden.

And while the fight might not have been an artistic success, Sonnen did what he needed to get the win. The pride of West Linn, Oregon used his wrestling to smother the rusty Silva and earn a unanimous decision. The judges’ scores were 30-26 and a pair of 30-27s for Sonnen.

Sonnen got the best of the opening round, scoring a takedown early and working Slilva over for much of the round. But Silva had his moment, two, as he connected on a right hand just above Sonnen’s left ear and dropped him to the mat. Sonnen regained his senses, though, and reversed position before the round was out.

In the second, Silva caught Sonnen in a guillotine as the latter shot for a double-leg takedown. After a stalemate over more than a minute, referee John McCarthy made the unusual move of calling for a standup during a submission attempt. Sonnen soon thereafter took Silva down and held him there from top position for the rest of the round.

In the third, Silva landed a punch, then Sonnen went right back to this wrestling base, scoring a takedown and working from top for the rest of the round.

The rivalry between the two started three years ago on the set of The Utlimate Fighter: Brazil, in which they were opposing coaches. They were scheduled to fight at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, but both were suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing drug tests.

In the meantime, both fighters signed with Bellator, finally leading to this bout.

Sonnen (30-15-1), who snapped a two-fight losing streak, called out Fedor Emelianenko after the fight. Silva, fighting for the first time since a memorable win over Brian Stann in Japan in 2013, fell to 35-13-1 (1 NC). He shoved Sonnen on his way out of the cage.

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Bellator NYC PPV results: Matt Mitrione knocks out Fedor Emelianenko after double knockdown

Check out the results from the Bellator NYC co-main event, as Matt Mitrione stops Fedor Emelianenko with ground strikes following a crazy double knockdown. The co-main event for Bellator NYC witnessed Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko drop each other with a heavy punch at the same exact time, but it was Mitrione who recovered first, to finish off Fedor with ground strikes. When was the last time you saw a top flight double knockdown? What a crazy ending to this heavyweight bout. With a gigantic win for Mitrione, he is certainly sitting at the top of Bellator’s heavyweight division, but what will be next for Fedor?
Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko by KO at 1:14 of round 1: Heavyweight

Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of Mitrione taking out Fedor:
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!

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They said what?! Pros react to Matt Mitrione’s KO of Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator NYC

Almost a double knockout, Matt Mitrione managed to recover faster and knock out Fedor Emelianenko out cold. Pro fighters were shocked on Twitter. Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione found their distances at the same time in the fight as theyboth knocked each other down at Bellator NYC. Mitrione just recovered faster to finish Emelianenko off with brutal ground-and-pound. Pro fighters were shocked on Twitter.

The GOAT now! What an honor to see Fedor on the @BellatorMMA cage! #BellatorNYC— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) June 25, 2017

How people still love Fedor is fascinating!— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) June 25, 2017

I’ll take mitrone in this one.— TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) June 25, 2017

Everyone in the MMA world wants Fedor to win. Even Mitrione’s friends. #BellatorNYC #ThugjitsuThoughts — Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) June 25, 2017

Let’s go @mattmitrione only way to become a legend is beating one! Let’s do this @henrihooft @CombatClubMMA @BellatorMMA @CoachGJones— GILBERT BURNS (@GilbertDurinho) June 25, 2017

NOOOOO!!! #Fedor !!— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) June 25, 2017

What just happened?— Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) June 25, 2017

What just happened?— Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA) June 25, 2017

Hate this sport. — Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) June 25, 2017

Well damn!!!!— Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus) June 25, 2017

What did I just witness! Lol omg!!!! That was awesome!— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) June 25, 2017

We’re all upset now! #BellatorNYC — Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) June 25, 2017

I called it! #BellatorNYC (the almost double KO, I couldn’t call though, that was fun!)— Vinny Magalhães (@VinnyMMA) June 25, 2017

TBH a double ko would’ve completed this weird series of events night!— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 25, 2017

Wow… well done @mattmitrione …. I was pucker’d up the whole time— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) June 25, 2017

Sad to see a great fighter lose like this. But Fedor is still the greatest. @BellatorMMA #BellatorNYC— Patricky Freire (@PatrickyPitbull) June 25, 2017

Definitely didn’t see that coming. Great scalp for Mittrione to have. #BellaatorNYC— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) June 25, 2017

Are you kidding me?!? @BellatorMMA ?— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) June 25, 2017

Double knockdown. O my goodness. Congrats @mattmitrione— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 25, 2017

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Bellator NYC results: Matt Mitrione finishes Fedor Emelianenko in first, after double knockdown

Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione fired off big right hands at the same time Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

They both landed flush. They both hit the mat. For a split second, it appeared we might have a double knockout for the ages.

But Mitrione regained his bearings in a hurry and soon put things to an end.

The heavyweight brawler pounced on the legendary former PRIDE champion from Russia and finished him with a bunch of short rights and then a big one, ending their Bellator NYC fight via knockout at just 1:14.

“I’ll remember thinking ‘Oh shit, I’ve got to jump on him,” said Mitrione (12-5).

Mitrione has now won three straight fights since moving over to Bellator from the UFC. The 40-year-old Emelianenko (37-4, 1 NC) had a five-fight win streak snapped.

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