Chael Sonnen Explains His Long-Running Beef With Wanderlei Silva Until Wand So Rudely Interrupts

One of the greatest MMA feuds that never culminated in a fight will finally come to a finish, hopefully, when Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva finally lock horns at Bellator 180 this June. But, as is typical with this unprecedentedly weird rivalry, a new round of trash talk has formed seemingly out of nowhere.

Today on the MMA Hour, Chael Sonnen was in-studio explaining the genesis of his beef with Silva, going through the details that hardcore MMA fans have memorized by now. Mostly, he discussed this infamous video in which Chael gets a talking-to from good ol Wandy:

Back in the day that was a big deal. Chael Sonnen was at his peak of his “West Linn Gangster” persona, and seeing him quiet down was a strange turn of events. Chael was never at a loss for words, but today he explained his confusion well (h/t MMA Fighting:

“He was doing this whole thing and I was like, ‘Wanderlei, this is really weird,’” Sonnen said. “‘Because first of all, you’re telling me off, which is a little bit — that’s rude. Second, we’ve spent the whole day together. We’re in a van, man. Are you trying to start a fight with me in a van?’ … And third, you brought the cameraman.”

So in other words, Chael knew it was a setup. Kind of like today on the MMA Hour when Wanderlei Silva just happened to be listening in on the broadcast and was ready to call in. Wow!

Here’s want Wandy had to say for himself:

“We are the top fighters in the world,” Silva said. “We’re gonna make the biggest fight in the history. One of the most famous arenas in the world. On that day, Bellator is gonna be bigger than the UFC.”

Wand is right — on that very specific day, Bellator will be bigger than the UFC. But I dunno about Bellator taking over just yet. They’re definitely on a nice path, though.

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Bellator 180: Chinzo Machida vs James Gallagher booked for June 24 In NYC

The upcoming Bellator 180 pay-per-view (PPV) event — which is slated to go down inside Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2017, in New York, N.Y. — is continuing to fill up.

During a recent interview on “The MMA Hour,” Bellator MMA President Scott Coker announced an intriguing Featherweight match up that will see rising contender James Gallagher take on Chinzo Machida on the undercard portion of the event, which is set to air on Spike TV.

Gallagher — who is a training partner of Conor McGregor at Straight Blast Gym — is undefeated (6-0), including winning his first three contests under the Bellator umbrella. As for his opponent, Machida — older brother to former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida — he has won his first two bouts with the Viacom-owned company and owns a 5-2 overall professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record.

For Gallagher, it’s one of the toughest bouts of his young MMA career, but as Coker stated during the announcement, the fiery Irishman won’t ever turn down an opponent.

Bellator 180 will be the promotion’s second-ever foray into PPV — and carries a $49.95 price tag — will be headlined by a much-anticipated Heavyweight showdown between Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione after their initial matchup was canceled earlier this year because of kidney stones. In addition, Chael Sonnen will settle his grudge with Wanderlei Silva, while Lorenz Larkin makes his company debut when he faces Douglas Lima or the Welterweight title. Also, Michael Chandler will defend his Lightweight belt against Brent Primus.

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Ilima Macfarlane vs. Jessica Middleton co-headlines Bellator 178 on April 21

Next month’s Bellator 178 fight card will feature a women’s flyweight matchup between Ilima Macfarlane and Jessica Middleton as the co-main event.

Bellator officials today announced the 125-pound bout between Macfarlane (5-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Middleton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).

Bellator 178 takes place April 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

Macfarlane has spent almost the entirety of her career under the Bellator banner. She earned a 10-second knockout in her first professional fight, then was signed to the organization, where she has put together four consecutive wins.

“The Ilimanator” is considered by most to be a candidate to compete for Bellator’s inaugural women’s flyweight title if and when its introduced, but first she will have to get through at least one more opponent.

Middleton will have the chance to snap Macfarlane’s undefeated streak and add to her own when she gets the notable contest less than nine months after her pro debut. The 28-year-old has earned both of her career wins in Bellator competition, with the most recent being a unanimous decision over Alice Yauger at Bellator 171 in January.

For more on Bellator 178, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Cris Cyborg trains with ex-wrestling champion, challenges UFC rival Ronda Rousey to 'Royal Rumble'
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Midnight Mania! Michael Bisping sets deadline for Georges St-Pierre fight … or else! – ‘I call the shots’

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every week night …

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Michael Bisping telling Georges St-Pierre who the real UFC shot caller is, Justin Gaethje now a free agent, Stipe Miocic in jail, Derrick Lewis petting a deer, Valentina Shevchenko as a 1930s gangster lady, Ali Baugatinov threatening Gollum with a pistol, knockouts, podcasts, and much more.

Winter Is Coming!

Summer isn’t even here yet, but Bisping is already making heated threats. He says if St-Pierre won’t push up the date of their Middleweight title fight, he might just fight Yoel Romero instead.

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“So long story short it looks as if GSP is trying to push for a later date (then July 8). I have heard rumors of that a while ago from Ariel Helwani. I heard that he wanted like September or October and that is what the UFC told me as well. But I am just throwing it out there right now. If he (GSP) wants to wait until September or October, then he can go find himself another opponent. Because I call the shots. Without sounding like an asshole, it is my belt. I am the champion, and I am not willing to sit around until September or October. This fight was discussed in January. You know a fight camp only takes 8 weeks. Or six weeks. So fighting in September or October is ridiculous. July 8 is the date. I may be a little bit flexible and be willing to go a little past that date if needed. But I want to fight international fight week July 8. So Georges St-Pierre, get it together. Stop doing your f*cking gymnastics. Stop doing your backflips and whatever it is. Let’s do this buddy. Sign the paper work. You want it. You sat there at the press conference. You talked big. So sign the god damn paperwork. It is as simple as that!”

International Fight Week, of course, means a bigger promotional push and more money for “The Count.” Which, of course, is what the 185-pound kingpin wants.

“If he’s not ready then I guess Yoel Romero gets his title shot! Listen I am not afraid of Yoel Romero. If GSP wants to fight then of course, there is a great storyline there. The fight would do great business. But I am not willing to sit around and he’s not calling the shots. I am the champ.”

Big talk from the champion, and he ends on strong note.

“I am not willing to wait a year for Georges St-Pierre to fight me. I might as well do two fights in that one year and still make the same money.”

This sounds like a bluff. Romero is a much bigger risk for Bisping in terms of both finishing threat and a proven Middleweight record. “The Count” talks about taking two fights in that time, but each fight is a risk. If he loses the belt, the big money goes away, too. GSP represents by far the biggest reward for the least risk. However, his point about International Fight Week makes sense — St-Pierre would make more money fighting on the big summer card as well.

We will see what response Bisping’s threat provokes from the Canadian Welterweight great.

Bobs and Weaves

Speaking of Bisping and controversy, here he is again, drawn like a moth to the flame:

Who needs tv

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World Series of Fighting (WSOF) Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is a free agent! I would be okay with him challenging for a title in Bellator, or getting a crack at UFC’s Top 10. He’s insanely entertaining.

Wow … didn’t even recognize her!

HeadMovement Restaurant sounds like my kind of joint.

Tommy Toehold’s take on Sage Northcutt’s trash talking advice:

No idea, either:

Stipe in jail for a cause:

Who knew Derrick Lewis had a gentle side?

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Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

There wasn’t UFC action this weekend, but that didn’t mean combat sports weren’t happening the world over:

Quick Hits

Podcasts and Video

“The MMA Hour,” which lasted four hours and 28 minutes

Fights Gone By:

The Co-Main Event podcast:

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Magnus Cedenblad Out of Chris Camozzi Bout, Trevor Smith Steps in at UFC Fight Night Stockholm

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UFC Fight Night 109 tickets on sale this week for Gustafsson vs. Teixeira in Sweden

The UFC returns to Sweden for the first time in more than two years for May’s UFC Fight Night 109 event, and tickets go on sale for the card this week.

“UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira” takes place May 28 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. The night’s bout order has yet to be revealed, but the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Swedish light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (17-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) meets Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira (26-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in a key contest at 205 pounds. Teixeira is currently ranked No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, while Gustafsson checks in at No. 7.

UFC Fight Night 109 tickets range from $600 SEK (approx. $68 USD) for the nosebleeds to $2,500 SEK (approx. $285 USD) for cageside (not including fees and taxes).

Tickets, which are available at, go on sale to the general public beginning Friday at 10 a.m. CEST (4 a.m. ET). However, UFC Fight Club members can purchase their tickets Wednesday beginning at at 10 a.m. CEST (4 a.m. ET), and e-newsletter subscribers can buy their seats on Thursday at 10 a.m. CEST (4 a.m. ET).

The UFC Fight Night 109 lineup currently includes:

  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Trevor Smith
  • Christian Colombo vs. Damian Grabowski
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Alex Nicholson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Joaquim Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov

For more on UFC Fight Night 109, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Paul Heyman thinks WWE fans would ‘embrace Ronda Rousey with open arms’

Does Ronda Rousey have a future in the WWE? Paul Heyman believes she could if she wanted one.

We’re still waiting to learn whether Ronda Rousey will step into the cage again or retire following her 48 second knockout loss at the hands of women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. So far, most signs point to her not fighting again. So what’s next for the former face of women’s MMA? Perhaps some more work with the WWE?

Shortly after that failed comeback attempt, former WWE commentator and ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman shot down that idea, saying “They don’t bring in a broken star, and that is what she is. She is broken from a professional sense. They don’t rebuild broken celebrities outside of the WWE.”

But as far as WWE personality wrestling expert Paul Heyman is concerned, that’s not right at all. He shared his much more positive thoughts on a Ronda Rousey run in the WWE with the Fight Society podcast.

“I think the WWE audience would embrace Ronda Rousey with open arms,” Heyman said. “Just her name recognition alone is huge. It doesn’t matter, her past two experiences in the UFC. All that matters is if she got involved in a story that people could relate to and sink their teeth into and get excited about.”

“I would personally pay to see Charlotte versus Ronda Rousey,” he continued. “I would totally pay to Stephanie McMahon versus Ronda Rousey for a completely different reason, but I digress. I think Ronda Rousey doing anything in WWE is a natural fit. I’d love to see it, and would be happy to discuss with her all the benefits that she could enure by being a Paul Heyman girl.”

Who knows, stranger things have happened. Rousey is a huge pro wrestling fan and has been spotted ringside at numerous indy wrestling events around California. And of course who could forget her massive WrestleMania 31 appearance alongside The Rock? It sounds like as more time passes, the less people seem to care about her losses in the UFC. That’s good news for Ronda Rousey, whatever she ends up deciding she wants to tackle next.

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Paul Heyman Believes Ronda Rousey Would Be Welcomed By WWE Fans With Open Arms


Ever since Ronda Rousey’s much ballyhooed UFC comeback went down in flames back in December, there’s been a lot of internet chatter on whether she might return for another appearance or three with the WWE. The last time she appeared in the squared circlewas WrestleMania 31 in 2015, and that earned her a Slammy for the best ‘This is Awesome’ moment of the year.

Opinions seem to be divided over whether she would garner the same crowd reaction if she stepped back into the ring after her two last devastating performances in the Octagon, but as far as Paul Heyman is concerned, it wouldn’t be an issue at all.

“I think the WWE audience would embrace Ronda Rousey with open arms,” he said on an episode of the Fight Society podcast. “She is … just her name recognition alone is huge. It doesn’t matter, her past two experiences in the UFC. All that matters is if she got involved in a story that people could relate to and sink their teeth into and get excited about.

“I would personally pay to see Charlotte versus Ronda Rousey. I would totally pay to Stephanie McMahon versus Ronda Rousey for a completely different reason, but I digress. I think Ronda Rousey doing anything in WWE is a natural fit. I’d love to see it, and would be happy to discuss with her all the benefits that she could enure by being a Paul Heyman girl.”

Heyman followed that up by salivating at the matchmaking opportunities Rousey could present with the current crop of women on the WWE roster.

“There are other women in WWE, not just Charlotte, that could probably provide a compelling main event against Ronda Rousey,” he said. “Look at Nia Jax. Talk about someone that could truly make you beleive she could kick Ronda Rousey’s ass. Nia Jax is an impressive performer and a hell of an athlete as well. So it’s not like Charolotte is the only one capable of being paired up with Ronda Rousey.

“There are others as well. The women’s roster in WWE right now is unparalleled in the history of pro wrestling or sports entertainment, there’s never been a women’s roster like this. There’s never been talent depth like this, ever. So it’s an extrordinary time if you’re a fan of the athletic presentation that can be brought forth on a WWE program, it’s an exraordinary time for the women.”

And bringing Ronda Rousey into the WWE could give women’s wrestling the same boost it gave women’s MMA. While Rousey wasn’t the first WMMA star by any means, she was the one that took women’s fighting mainstream and convinced the UFC that they belonged in the Octagon. Who knows what she could do for the WWE, even if she only participated in a few story angles a year for a year or two.

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Bellator 180 PPV Will Cost $50 For Fight Fans

During an appearance on “The MMA Hour” Monday, Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed that the upcoming Bellator 180 pay-per-view will cost fight fans $49.95.

The event takes place this June from Madison Square Garden and includes Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione, Lorenz Larkin vs. Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and Brent Primus vs. Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

Bellator previously held a pay-per-view at a lower cost than this planned one. It remains the only PPV to be put on by the Spike-based promotion to date.

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Welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson doesn't seem to care whom he fights or where he's ranked. What he does care about is finishing fights.

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UFC 210’s Charles Oliveira not yet committed to lightweight, sees Max Holloway rematch in future

In spite of the post-fight bonuses collection and star-studded resume, key losses and problems making weight have made Charles Oliveira’s mostly victorious UFC run an also inconsistent one.

But, looking to bounce back from a two-fight skid when he takes on former Bellator champ Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the main card of UFC 210, the 27-year-old Oliveira (21-7 MMA, 9-7 UFC) is mostly pleased with an octagon trajectory comprised of many “great fights against great names.”

Disagree? Then let Oliveira walk you through his recent history.

“I’ve always had tough opponents in there,” Oliveira told MMAjunkie. “I’ve always fought big names – that’s what I’ve always asked for and what they thankfully have always given me. Former champs, well-ranked guys in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions.

“Starting with Max Holloway, I think that fight will happen again some day. It wasn’t a punch or a kick that landed, it was a takedown attempt and an injury I already had.”

The UFC Fight Night 74 encounter ended with Holloway declared the winner via TKO due to injury. Oliveira continues on.

“Right after that I had a win, against Myles Jury (UFC on FOX 17) – a very tough guy who was coming down from the 170-pound division,” he said. “Thankfully, I was able to go in there and do my job very well. And right after that I got the former (lightweight) champ, Anthony Pettis.”

The loss to Pettis at UFC on FOX 21 ended up being the choke specialist’s first time being choked out. It wasn’t, however, the last as Oliveira went on to meet the same fate against Ricardo Lamas on short notice at UFC Fight Night 98, when the 27-year-old Brazilian fighter missed the featherweight limit by nine pounds.

The skid, however, doesn’t faze Oliveira, who thinks he was off to a good start in both occasions.

“Those who watched the fight (with Pettis) saw it was very even,” Oliveira said. “I traded blows, I did work on the ground, I ended up making a mistake at the end and exposing my neck. But those who saw the fight saw it was a back-and-forth. It could have gone either way in a decision. And unfortunately, after that, in my fight with Ricardo Lamas in Mexico, I took it on less than 20 days notice.

“Everyone knows there’s a lot of altitude there, and it ended up making it very hard to make the weight. I didn’t make weight, but we were doing a great fight. I think I was winning both rounds, but I ended up making the same mistake I did with Pettis, with my neck, and he ended up catching it.”

This time, Oliveira guarantees the weight won’t be an issue – which is helped not only by the fact he’s once again fighting at the upper division, but also that he actually had some time to prepare. Still, he’s not committed to hanging around the 170-pounders just yet.

“Right now, my plan is Will Brooks,” Oliveira said. “Beating him and getting my hand raised at the end. The future belongs to God. Then we’ll see what happens. Contract renewal, see if we’re going up or down. Right now, I’m focused on this fight. I really want to win this fight to show the fans and the UFC that I deserve to be in the best promotion in the world.”

Ranked No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, Brooks is coming off what was only the second loss in his MMA career – a TKO in the second round of a UFC Fight Night 96 catchweight bout against a much heavier Alex Oliveira.

On his end, Charles is aware of the challenge that he’s up against. But, then again, it’s not like he hasn’t faced any of those before.

“Will Brooks is a very tough guy,” Oliveira said. “He’s an ex-champ and beat very tough guys. The same way I fought very tough guys. We’re both coming off losses. I really want this win, as he does too. I’m sure it will be a great show and a great fight.

“I respect everyone, but nothing’s changed: I’m going to keep moving forward. I really want this win. He’s a tough guy, like the ones I’ve always looked to fight, and it’s show time.”

For more on UFC 210, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Marc Diakiese claims he’s top lightweight in UFC, eyes showdown against ‘Irish wannabe’ Paul Felder

He still may not have a spot among the top 15 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweights (yet), but Marc Diakiese firmly believes he’s the top 155-pound fighter competing inside the Octagon today.

“For me, I’m number one. I’m right at the top. Listen to what I am telling you today, I am right at the top, believe that,” said Marc during a recent interview on The MMA Hour.

When asked to clarify a bit further and if he believes he’s better than the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson — just to name a few — Diakiese had no qualms in saying he belongs in the group, if not ahead of them.

And the only way to truly prove his case, is to start getting the bigger fights.

“I’m telling you, I am right at the top and if anybody wants to fight me I will be there. I’ve traveled a lot and I know people who I’ve sparred with. I know sparring is different, but, I just know where I stand with these guys.”

Can’t knock the confidence.

Marc is currently undefeated (12-0, 3-0 UFC) and is coming off a spectacular 30-second knockout win over Teemu Packalen at UFC Fight Night 107 (see it again here). Prior to getting his shot inside the Octagon, “Bonecrusher” was the reigning BAMMA 155-pound champion.

As for who he eyes next, Marc says he will take on anyone, preferably a top-ranked fighter. But, he isn’t opposed to a bout against Paul Felder, a man he dubbed an “Irish wannabe” that just “talks shit” and seems to be bitter after Marc took out his teammate, Frankie Perez.

The two got into a Twitter war a few days ago and says he wouldn’t mind taking him on to silence him once and for all and continue his quest to the top.

“UFC is a job. If you don’t perform, you are done and I take that personal,” he said. “If I am fighting somebody to take that from me, I am going to hurt them and that’s what I’m doing. My mentality is completely different now.”

Anyone expect Marc to join the elite class of 155-pound UFC talent and make some championship noise down the road?

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Source: Daniel Gallemore to Defend Victory FC Heavyweight Title on UFC Fight Pass

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Following bizarre start to UFC career, Darren Stewart announces move to middleweight –

Following bizarre start to UFC career, Darren Stewart announces move to middleweight
Stewart and Barroso rematched earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 107, with Barroso winning an unconvincing unanimous decision. The final scores were unanimously 29-28 for Barroso, whose winning gameplan consisted mostly of smothering Stewart …

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Floyd Mayweather Responds To Conor McGregor’s Knockout Prediction For Their Fight

We’re still waiting for a contract to be signed between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, putting their now-inevitable sounding boxing superfight into motion. But between now and then I expect there’ll be a little more smack thrown back and forth between Conor and Floyd.

The latest volley came from McGregor on St. Patrick’s Day when the Irish UFC champion proclaimed he ‘owned boxing’ and would shock the world by knocking Floyd Mayweather out. For his part, Floyd is keeping things pretty chill in his response.

“I feel he’s entitled to feel the way he wants to feel, the only thing you can do is respect that,” Mayweather told FightHype in a new video. “Everybody knows I can fight, if I can’t do nothing else. But when I’m not in the ring, I’m a gentleman. Outside the ring, I’m a gentleman.”

He then switched topics, addressing UFC president Dana White’s recent statement on the Conan O’Brien show that made it sound like the UFC wasn’t going to get in the way of the fight happening.

“I just want to say Dana White, I was overseas when they told me what you said,” he continued. “I want to say good work Dana White. Conor McGregor, they said you finally opened your mouth and you’re back to talking s**t. That’s cool, too.”

“Conor, you gotta take this L, McGregor,” he finished with a laugh. “That’s just how it is!”

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UFC 210 Primer: Chris Weidman Vs. Vitor Belfort

Before Chris Weidman meets Gegard Mousasi next month at UFC 210, check out this fight replay featuring Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

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James Gallagher-Chinzo Machida featherweight fight added to Bellator 180 in New York

A featherweight bout between James Gallagher and Chinzo Machida is the latest addition to June’s Bellator 180 lineup.

Bellator officials today confirmed the 145-pound matchup between Gallagher (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Machida (5-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) following an announcement from Bellator President Scott Coker on “The MMA Hour.”

Bellator 180 takes place June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card, titled “Bellator: NYC,” airs on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 undercard on Spike.

Gallagher has quickly established himself as a prospect to watch on the MMA scene. The 20-year-old trains out of SBG Ireland in Dublin alongside UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. In less than 18 months as a professional, Gallagher has already picked up six consecutive wins.

“The Strabanimal” has earned all but one of his victories thus far by submission, including a first-round finish of Krill Medvedovsky at Bellator 173 in February.

Machida, 40, meanwhile, will come in to the fight 20 years the senior of his opponent and just one more pro bout to his credit. The older brother of former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Lyoto Machida made his debut back in 2005 but only competed intermediately until this past year when he signed with Bellator.

The Brazilian has made his mark with the promotion in two appearances, scoring back-to-back stoppage wins, the most recent of which came against Jamar Ocampo at Bellator 170 in January.

With the addition, the “Bellator: NYC” and “Bellator 180” lineup now includes:

“Bellator: NYC”

  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione
  • Champ Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin – for welterweight title
  • Champ Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus – for lightweight title

“Bellator 180”

  • James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida
  • Aaron Pico vs. TBA

For more on “Bellator NYC” and “Bellator 180”, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site..

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Ouch! Feel what it’s like to get hit by Rumble Johnson

There could be worse feelings to have while competing in the Octagon, but if there are, Charlie Brenneman doesn’t know about them. What he does know is that in the midst of his 2011 fight with UFC 210 headliner Anthony Johnson, he got rocked by “Rumble” but made it to his feet. His legs were somewhere else, though, so he needed a couple seconds to steady himself. Johnson, who faces Daniel Cormier on Apr. 8 in Buffalo, wasn’t interested in such a plan.

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Bellator 175’s ‘champion in the making,’ Emmanuel Sanchez, inspired by CM Punk

Bellator 175: “Rampage vs. King Mo 2” comes to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., this Friday night (March 31, 2017), featuring a Light Heavyweight main event between two men with a three-year grudge as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal attempt to settle their differences

Earlier in the night, however, Featherweight standouts “El Matador” Emmanuel Sanchez and former Bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao will get their chance to shine on Spike TV’s live broadcast in a key ranking match for the 145-pound division. Sanchez has won four of his last five bouts in one of Bellator’s most stacked weight classes, with his sole loss during that span being a split decision against Daniel Weichel. He quickly rebounded from that setback and took a majority decision against “Insane” Georgi Karakhanyan.

Galvao is an intriguing challenge for Sanchez, standing 5’7” with a 67” reach compared to Sanchez at 5’9” with a 71” reach; however, he wouldn’t have accepted the fight if he didn’t feel there was an opening in Sanchez’s game that he’s ready to exploit.

In a recent interview with, Sanchez talked about his respect for the former champion coming up to challenge him at his own weight.

“I think it’s good! You know obviously getting down to 135 was just too hard for him now, and you never know, maybe one I’ll do the same (and) move back up to lightweight. For now, for sure, this division is mine for the taking — I’m the champion in the making! I just gotta take care of business and prove that I’m the king and the best of this division, so I’ll fight whoever, whenever, wherever to prove that I’m the best.”

Proving he’s the best most recently meant going the distance with Georgi Karakhanyan on the huge “Ortiz vs. Sonnen”-led card. And even though he got the “W,” he’s still not 100 percent satisfied.

“I thought I’d have all three rounds (with the judges) of course, aside from the fact that, okay, he had my back, but he did no damage to me. He didn’t hurt me — he didn’t even threaten the choke! So the whole time I’m scrambling, I’m fighting, and I’m looking to finish the fight. You see in the first and second round that I had him in a submission or ready for the TKO. I know I’m right there to just go out and continue to make amazing performances and continue to get closer to putting these guys away.”

That’s why Sanchez is looking for an impressive performance against Galvao this weekend, but he doesn’t expect Galvao to be any less competitive at 145 than he was at 135.

“Well, I know I’m a little taller than him and have a longer reach, but man I train with a lot of 135’ers that are bigger than me. You never know until you feel someone wrestling wise, striking wise, all that you know? If size mattered the elephant would be the king of the jungle. It’s also a matter of skills — skills and will, and I feel like my will to win outweighs everyones talents or physical attributes.”

Sanchez also knows he has to impress to achieve his title aspirations as he waits for Daniel Straus and Patricio Freire to fight a fourth time.

“Honestly, I’m surprised myself that (Daniel) Weichel’s not getting it, but maybe they know that Weichel didn’t really beat me and I was robbed — that’s why they’re making that happen (a fourth time), but who knows? That’s obviously a barn burner as a fight every time those goes throw down so how can anyone complain? I get it — they want to present names and faces up there vying for the title — you just get these guys that throw down every time they fight, that’s what the public wants to see and Bellator wants to see. I know for sure the winner, either of those two, I’ll be ready or if anything happens to them, I’ll be ready.”

It certainly wouldn’t be the only Bellator main event to fall apart in recent history, but to step in on short notice if needed he’s got to beat Galvao and not get hurt doing it, which Sanchez admits has always been a career goal.

“Early on in my career I never had (damage). I always left my fights without a scratch on me and I’m like ‘Wow – I’m so pretty!’ I want to have a long career, and I want to take no damage you know? So I’ve always been like a perfectionist, and I think that’s my problem, too. You try to be too perfect, it makes you not want to pull the trigger and take risks, and if you try to be too aggressive, you can get caught up on the wrong end of a knockout.”

That’s led the Roufusport team to develop a style specifically aimed to maximize his aggression.

“I guess there’s that happy medium right there and you’ve gotta find that. For me we call that ‘technical aggression.’ What I’ve been working on the most is just being like Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez — guys that come forward, but there’s that intelligent pressure of coming forward instead of, ‘Hey just bite down on the mouthpiece and throw down,’ you know?”

And though Sanchez takes inspiration from the boxing world, he also takes a little from former pro wrestler and teammate C.M. Punk, too.

“Take some advice from the man to get your name up there in value. This guy wrote all of Chael Sonnen’s bits. He got himself up there in pro wrestling, so obviously he knows how to market and promote himself and move the needle. If guys want to be up there, so many guys complain, just go out there and entertain. And if you don’t got the mouth to do it then do it with your fists. You gotta do everything. What separates you from everyone else? Why do people want to watch you fight, you know? So I’m glad Punk’s on our side, and as a human being he’s an amazing person, and at martial arts he’s always eager to learn.”

Don’t miss Bellator 175 to see if Sanchez can be the total package in fighting and entertaining the crowd. Complete audio of our interview is embedded in the video player above and complete Bellator MMA coverage can be found right here.

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