After years of waiting, it was hardly a matter of whether or not the fight would be booked. It was more-so a matter of when. And the time has finally come.
After years of back-and-forth between the two, “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva will return to take on “The American Gangster”, “The Bad Guy”, Chael Sonnen. The two will meet in the main event of Bellator NYC this June which will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The bout was first confirmed by the Associated Press.
Silva (35-12-1, 1NC) will return to action having not fought since March 3, 2013. In his last outing, he knocked out Brian Stann in a slugfest live from Japan. This was Silva’s return to light heavyweight and earned him Knockout & Fight of the Night honors. Along with the deal with Bellator MMA, Wanderlei Silva is also working with RIZIN FF. He was set to have a trilogy fight with Mirko Cro Cop under the RIZIN banner in December before Silva was forced out of the contest and replaced by “King Mo”.
Sonnen (29-15-1) will be looking to rebound following a first-round submission loss to Tito Ortiz in January. Prior to this, he had not fought since a November 2013 loss to Rashad Evans.
Scott Coker is promising the most stacked Bellator card to date to be put together for Bellator NYC and their return to PPV.
Bellator NYC is set to take place on June 24 in New York City, New York at arguably the most famous sports venue of all time; Madison Square Garden. On that same day, just prior to the ‘Bellator NYC: Silva vs. Sonnen’ pay-per-view event, Bellator 180 will take place live & free on Spike TV. The numbered event and the pay-per-view will be two entirely different shows. No fights have been announced for Bellator 180 yet.
No other fights are confirmed for the card.