PPV Main Card
Chael Sonnen def. Wanderlei Silva Via Unanimous Decision
Neiman Gracie def. Dave Marfone Via Submission Round 2
Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko Via KO Round 1
Brent Primus def. Michael Chandler Via TKO (Doctors Stoppage Due to Inj.) Round 1 – Bellator Lightweight Title Bout
Zach Freeman def. Aaron Pico Via Submission Round 1
Douglas Lima def. Lorenz Larkin Via Unanimous Decision
Spike TV Bellator 180 Prelims
Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis Via Split Decision – Bellator Light Heavyweight Title Bout
James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida Via Submission Round 1
Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger Via TKO Round 3
Bellator.com Bellator 180 Early Preliminary Card
Ryan Couture def. Haim Gozali Via Unanimous Decision
Bradley Desir def. Nate Grebb Via KO Round 1
Anthony Giacchina def. Jerome Mickle Via Submission Round 3
Matt Rizzo def. Sergio da Silva Via Submission Round 3
Hugh McKenna def. John Salgado Via Submission Round 1
Bellator has certainly come a long way in the last 12 months. This weekend will attest to that growth as Bellator hosted their biggest card to date live on PPV, from Madison Square Garden, in NYC. The undercard aired on Spike TV and saw the boxing queen of New York, Heather Hardy make both her professional and Bellator MMA debut against, Alice Yauger. Winning by TKO in the 3rd round, the boxer fittingly finished the fight from her feet with a barrage of heavy blows that Yauger could not continue to absorb.
The Bellator 180 main card was arguably one of the most interesting MMA main cards of the year. From the largely perceived upset of Zach Freeman over Aaron Pico during his professional debut, to the double knock down of Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko.
The biggest take away from the night was perhaps Douglas Lima battling out a victory over Lorenz Larkin. Which sets up a title bout between Lima and Rory MacDonald.
Brent Primus also defeated Bellator poster boy Michael Chandler by TKO (due to injury), to claim the Bellator Lightweight Title.
The card did not lack in terms of entertainment, but heading into the main event featuring a grudge match between light heavyweight rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. There was a feeling that the main event needed to close with something strong. However, that was not the outcome as Sonnen would grind out a win over Silva with strong wrestling, after surviving a couple of strong onslaughts by Wanderlei, and with still over a minute left in the 3rd and final round, Luke Thomas Tweeted, “some of the crowd is starting to leave.”
The night ended in a strange post fight interview that saw Sonnen seem to call out Fedor Emelianenko, and trash talk NYC before exiting the cage.
An almost fitting way to close the show.