Ryan Bader Set to Sign Multi-Fight Deal With Bellator

Hazel Gray
March 21, 2017

The Associated Press broke the news on Monday that Sonnen vs Silva will headline Bellator 180, an event which will mark the Scott Coker led promotion's first foray into the NY market and it's debut at the famed Madison Square Garden venue.

Chael Sonnen is set to face Wanderlei Silva in a long-awaited fight in the main event of Bellator 180, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Regardless, Bader joins Bellator at an opportune time. "I'm super excited", Bader said. "I mean, who knows what's going to happen before the end of the year, but I think this is going to be the biggest fight card put together by any company so far in the pay-per-view business, and we feel really good about it". Bellator is owned by media conglomerate Viacom, and airs regularly on Spike TV.

Sonnen (28-15-1) is currently winless under the Bellator MMA banner, dropping a fight to the now retired Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170 earlier this year. The division has become one of Bellator's deepest, featuring the likes of David, Bader, Liam McGeary, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, and Linton Vassell.

The event will also be taking place in the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York, York and will be the promotion's debut in New York.

Yet another ranked UFC fighter is packing his bags. "The Axe Murderer" hasn't been seen since knocking out Brian Stann in March 2013. The 40-year-old Brazilian was also suspended in 2014, after he refused to take a random drug test in Nevada.

Ryan Bader, according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, is where he belongs. Silva was supposed to fight Mirko Cro Cop in the Rizin 2016 Openweight Grand Prix, but pulled out of the fight due to injury.

Bellator officials have not yet announced any other bouts for the June event.

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