Spike President Kevin Kay opened the press conference for Bellator 180 NYC by taking a not-so-subtle jab at Dana White and the UFC. With the announcement of the boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather this coming August, Kevin Kay and Bellator wanted to separate themselves from any discussion of potential boxing crossover matches with mma fighters on their roster. By referencing to all in attendance for today’s press conference that there were “… no boxers up here.”, his stance became very clear. What many critics are calling a side show with the now scheduled boxing “super fight”, Spike and Bellator are focusing on their talent and the action inside the cage. And that begins with Saturday night’s stacked card with legends of the sport and 3 title fights.
With what is easily Bellator’s biggest and best fight card, Saturday night should show “the other guys” that the competition just got a whole lot tougher, which is good for the combat sports fans. The online prelims at 6 PM feature Ryan Couture, son of MMA legend Randy Couture. The Spike TV card at 8 PM gets heavy with Phil Davis taking on Ryan Bader, and James Gallagher is set to square off against Chinzo Machida. But the fun really begins with the PPV card at 10 PM. With 4 of the 5 fights on the main card being worthy of the feature, Scott Coker is pitting Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva as the main event and Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione as the co-main. Douglas Lima will try to defend the Welterweight belt against Lorenz Larkin and Brent Primus looks to take the belt from current Lightweight champ Michael Chandler. Also on the PPV card is Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman, in what should be a good scrap for 3 of Bellator’s future stars.