Bellator NYC results: Chael Sonnen mauls Wanderlei Silva in main event (2022)

It was a long, winding road for Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva heading into their Bellator NYC on Saturday night. Sonnen and Silva have been feuding forover four months and became the most heated rivalry in the sport. But could they back up their talk inside the cage?

Sonnen did just that in defeating Silva by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) in the main event of Bellator NYC at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"All I can think of is goddam, I hate New York," Sonne told Jimmy Smith in his post-fight interview.

This fight came down to Sonnen's wrestling being superior to Silva's stand-up. Throughout the fight, Sonnen took the former PRIDE middleweight champion down at will and Silva had no answer.

Silva (35-13-1) fought like someone who hadn't fought in over four years as he looked gassed early on, had no answer for the takedownbut he had two big moments in the fight in which he had Sonnen in trouble. In the first round, he clipped Sonnen with a straight right hand to wobble "The American Gangster" and then in the second round, "The Axe Murderer" landed a knee to the chin followed by a straight right. But to Sonnen's credit he was able to overcome the trouble, went back to wrestling, threw ground and pound punches, elbows and looking for submissions to leave "The Big Apple" with his first victory since a first-round submission win over"Shogun" Rua back in Aug. 2013.

There was an ugly incident after the fight as Silva pushed Sonnen from behind as he appeared to be angry with how the fight went. On what was next, Sonnen (29-15-1) called Fedor Emelianenko, who lost earlier in the night by first-round knockout to Matt Mitrione.

“You’re gonna find out just like Wanderlei and Tito (Ortiz), you never piss off a gangster," Sonnen exclaimed.

(Video) Full Fight | Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva | Bellator 180

Here wasour live coverage of Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva:

12:53: Round 3 to Sonnen (10-9, 30-27 Sonnen).Sonnen did exactly what he did in the first two rounds, take Silva to the mat. Sonnen was trying to look for a kimura, threw elbows and got mount to try and finish the fight. Silva was complaining after the bell sounded but he had no one to blame himself. Not fighting for over four years and not working on his takedown defense. Great performance by Sonnen.

12:45: Round 2 to Sonnen (10-9, 20-18 Sonnen).Much like the first round. Silva had a moment when he landed a flush knee to Sonnen's chin followed by a right hand that wobbled Sonnen for a moment. Sonnen quickly rebounded to score a takedown but Silva had a guillotine choke but couldn't do much with it. Sonnen got another takedown and held Silva there and poured elbows and punches. As long as Sonnen continues to do what he has been doing, Silva needs a stoppage.

12:39: Round 1 to Sonnen (10-9).Sonnen did exactly what everyone thought he would do, take the fight to mat, which he did in the first 15 seconds. Good ground and pound by Sonnen along with sharp elbows. To Silva's credit, he got and clipped Sonnen with a straight right hand to drop the former UFC title challenger. Sonnen was able to get out of it and take Silva back down to the matto finish the round. Both fighters need to play to their strengths to win.

12:20:It is time for the main event of Bellator NYC, in light heavyweight action, Chael Sonnen takes on Wanderlei Silva. This is four years in the making. Silva and Sonnen don't like each other and it's going to come to a head. Can Sonnen back up his talk? Can Silva return from a nearly four year hiatus to defeat his arch enemy? We are about to find out.

Mitrione Knocks Out Fedor

11:52:Mitrione defeats Emelianenko by knockout at 1:14 of the first round. The end of the sequence is something out of a "Rocky" movie as Emelianenko and Mitrione hit each other at the same time and dropped each other to the mat. Mitrione just got up quicker, connected on short uppercuts and a right hand to knockout the MMA legend. It came down to who got to their feet first and it was the former NFL player. A great performance by Mitrione and the likelihood end of a legend.

11:45:Up next at Bellator NYC, in heavyweight action, former PRIDE heavyweight champion and the fighter many fight pundits feel is the greatest MMA fighter of all-time as Fedor Emelianenko (36-4) goes up against Matt Mitrione (11-5). Emelianenko is making his Bellator debut and his first time fighting in the United States since 2011. He's 2-0 since he came out of retirement in 2015. Mitrione is 2-0 since he entered the promotion in 2016.

(Video) Re-Air | Bellator 180 Sonnen vs. Silva

Primus Nets Belt

11:30:Primus defeats Chandler by TKO at 2:20 of the first round to capture the Bellator lightweight title. The fight ended under unusual circumstances. Primus kicked Chandler and the former champion's ankle gave out on him. Primus went after Chandler's leg by throwing continous leg kicks. Chandler fought valiantly but his ankle kept giving out on him. Referee Todd Anderson stopped the fight to check on Chandler and waved off the fight as he should have done to begin with. Primus said he would give Chandler a rematch and the former champion accepted. Whether you like it or not, Primus won the fight and the title. You don't want to win it like that but he won and people have to accept it.

11:21:Coming up next at Bellator NYC, Michael Chandler defends the lightweight title against Brett Primus. Chandler (16-3) is a two-time Bellator champion who retained his title over former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson back in November. Primus (7-0) received the championship opportunity going 5-0 in the promotion. Can Primus jump into the lion's den? He's never faced anyone close to the calibur of Chandler.

Freeman chokes out Pico

11:08:Freeman defeats Pico by submission (d'arce choke) at 0:24 of the first round. Freeman landed a vicious right uppercut to drop Pico. He immediately went for the choke, got it and Pico tapped out while also going unconscious. Definitely an upset. Give Freeman credit. He went in there and derailed the Pico hype train. While it doesn't mean that Pico is done and still isn't the future of the sport but he needs to go down to 145 pounds. Freeman had the height and weight advantage which proved to be too much for Pico.

11:01:Coming up next at Bellator NYC, in lightweight action, Aaron Pico (0-0) makes his highly anticipated debut against Zach Freeman (8-2). Pico, 20, is a Golden Gloves Champion and one of the most decorated wrestlers in the world. Many have compared him to BJ Penn. Can he live to the hype? We find out next.

Lima RetainsWelterweight Title Over Larkin

10:52:Lima retains the welterweight title over Larkin by unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47). First, I wonder what fight judge Chris Lee watched scoring the fight 50-45. Maybe he went and grabbed a pop and some popcorn. Pretty absurd. Agree with Rory MacDonald who is at the desk with Mike Goldberg and Josh Thomson saying the fight was underwhelming. It looked more like a sparring session instead of a championship fight. MacDonald and Lima will fight later this year.

10:49: Round 5 to Larkin (10-9, 48-47 Lima).The same as the fourth round. Pretty baffling Lima knowing the fight could be on the line and feel like he already had done enough to win the fight. Where was this Larkin the first three rounds of the fight? If Larkin loses the fight, he will know why.

10:42: Round 4 to Larkin (10-9, 39-37 Lima).This was Larkin's best round of the fight. The 23-fightveteran showed more activity while it Lima took the round off for one reason or another which you should never do in a championship.Larkin needs a finish to be able to wrest the belt from the Brazilian.

(Video) BELLATOR 180: Chael Sonnen outpoints Wanderlei Silva for win

10:38: Round 3 to Lima (10-9, 30-27).Lima is making this look easy. He decides when to strike and keeps Larkin on his heels and very tentative. Larkin needs to pick up the pace and do it quickly as he is down by a mile.

10:29: Round 2 to Lima (10-9, 20-18).This was the fight fans are expecting. A much more competitive round. Larkin took control of the early portion of the round with his striking but Lima turned it around in a blink of an eye with a thunderous left hook to drop Larkin. Lima tried to finish it off connecting on ground and pounf punches but Larkin was able to get back to his feet. Lima appears to be getting tired and Larkin needs to take advantage of it.

10:23: Round 1 to Lima (10-9).A round where Larkin and Lima were feeling each other out. Larkin appeared to be tentative to throw. Lima did the same but was able to connect on some vicious leg kicks to seal the round.

10:14:Kicking off Bellator NYC, for the welterweight title, Douglas Lima defends his belt against Lorenz Larkin. Lima (28-6) became a two-time champion when defeatedAndrey Koreshkov back in November. Larkin (18-5) is makiing his promotional debut after a 5-5 stint in the UFC but went 4-1 when he dropped down to 170 pounds. This has been deemed to be by many fight experts as the presumed fight of the night. Both are heavy handed strikers and promises to deliver fireworks.

Bader Captures Gold

9:59:Bader defeats Davis by split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47) to capture the light heavyweight title. It was carbon copy of the first fight two-and-half years ago. Neither guy did too much damage but Bader landed the more significant damage causing swelling under Davis' right eye and bloodied the left one as well. Davis didn't go for any his bread and butter, the takedown. His standup isn't at an elite level to where it would make Bader worry and it cost him his world title.

9:55: Round 5 to Bader (10-9, 48-47 Bader).Bader continued what he did in the fourth round and busted up Davis some more. Not only did he do more damage to Davis' left eye, he also created a good size mouse under the right eye. Bader notched a takedown but Davis got right up. Now, we go to the judges decision.

9:50: Round 4 to Bader (10-9, 38-38).Bader keeps going to back he's been doing in the fight, popping the left jab and keeping Davis at bay and causing blood to get under Davis' eye. He landed the most significant strike of the round, a hard knee to the chin. A very close fight heading into the final round.

(Video) BELLATOR 180 CHAEL SONNEN VS WANDERLEI SILVA FULL FIGHT RESULTS

9:44:Round 3 to Davis (10-9, 29-28 Davis).Davis went back to being the more active fighter. He connected on the best sequence, a superman punch followed by a left hand. Bader scored a takedown with 15 seconds left in the round but Davis reversed and had side control as the horn sounded. Bader looks tentative and needs to start letting it go more often.

9:38: Round 2 to Bader (10-9, 19-19).Bader let his hands go a bit more than the opening sequence, popping the jab and landed a hard overhand right near the end of the round. Davis looked to trying win in highlight reel fashion. Davis needs to get a takedown as Bader will win a stand-up contest all fight long.

9:32: Round 1 to Davis (10-9).A good way for Davis to start out. He looks more confident. He stuffed a Bader takedown, popped the jab while Bader appeared to be more in the feeling out mode.

9:24:The headlining fight of the prelims is up next, for the Bellator light heavyweight title as Phil Davis defends against Ryan Bader. They fought back in Jan. 2015 with the challenger walking out with a controversial split decision. Davis won the belt back in November from Liam McGeary. Bader will be making his promotional debut will be fighting for a world title which he has never done.

9:21:Welcome to SN's live coverage of Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva from Madison Square Garden. It will be a great night of action so stay locked in and catch the biggest MMA card of 2017.

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. You can listen tohis podcast, "The Fight Club Chicago"here.You can email him at [emailprotected] and can find him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA.

FAQs

Who won Chael Sonnen or Wanderlei Silva? ›

The one and only Chael Sonnen bounced back with a victory over Wanderlei Silva at #Bellator180 and added a 2️⃣9️⃣th win to his career. Watch him in action once more when 🔌 Bellator Recharged ⚡️ hits CBS Sports Network Saturday at 5pm PST / 8pm EST.

How many times did Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva? ›

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva were scheduled to fight each other on three separate occasions, but the bout never happened due to pull-outs from both sides.

Did Chael fight Wanderlei? ›

Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva is one of the greatest rivalries in MMA history. With both men being Hall of Fame talents who had bad blood, they had fought in, and out of the cage. Their rivalry spanned two promotions, and after multiple postponements in the UFC, they finally fought in 2017 in Bellator.

Who won Sonnen and Silva? ›

Sonnen 2 Results: The Epic Rivalry Is Finally over for Both Fighters. The Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch was one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, and Silva was able to deliver with a brutal TKO victory against his American foe.

Who is the richest MMA fighter? ›

Conor McGregor

In the modern period, he is the highest-paid fighter, with a whopping net worth of $200 million. He is one of the richest MMA fighters of all time.

Why did Sonnen and Silva not fight in UFC? ›

"He couldn't fight on time because he got hurt in the fight f-----g coaching a show." Silva and Sonnen were originally planned to serve as the co-main event at UFC 173, but that changed in February when it was announced that the two would instead headline a UFC Fight Night card May 31 in Brazil.

Did Sonnen leave the UFC after losing to Silva? ›

Chael Sonnen has closed the book on his loser-leaves-town offer to Anderson Silva, claiming the UFC middleweight champion has not accepted the challenge. Sonnen stood in the centre of the Octagon at UFC 136 and called out Silva to a title rematch.

Did Chael Sonnen ever won a belt? ›

"The question here is: did [Chael Sonnen] ever become a UFC champion? He was never a UFC champion. He is all talk. That's the only thing he did back then.

Who defeated Chael Sonnen? ›

Chael Sonnen Record: 29-15-1
W/LFighterRound
lossChael Sonnen Jon Jones1
lossChael Sonnen Anderson Silva2
winChael Sonnen Michael Bisping3
winChael Sonnen Brian Stann2
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What was Wanderlei Silva saying? ›

I won't fight just to fight, I'm fighting to win.

Did Chael Sonnen fight Silva? ›

UFC - That Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva Fight! | Facebook | By UFC | That moment Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva came to blows on The Ultimate Fighter!

Did Sonnen tap? ›

Sonnen tapped to the choke, ending the fight, or did he? Well, yes, he did. However, he tried to deny it at first. While still wrapped in Silva's legs, Sonnen tried to argue with officials that he didn't tap.

Did Chael Sonnen retire? ›

On April 4, 2019, it was announced that Sonnen would face Lyoto Machida on June 14, 2019, at Bellator 222 in Bellator's return to Madison Square Garden. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round. Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA in the post-fight interview.

Did Chael Sonnen fight Wanderlei Silva after TUF? ›

That was the second time that Silva and Sonnen coached an Ultimate Fighter season.
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The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3
Created byFrank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White
StarringDana White, Wanderlei Silva, and Chael Sonnen
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Why do Sonnen and Silva hate each other? ›

The two did not end up fighting in 2014. Silva evaded a drug test and was pulled by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Sonnen ended up failing two drug tests. So, the fight at Bellator NYC will be something like five years in the making.

Are Silva and Sonnen friends? ›

One such rivalry was Wanderlei Silva's deep hatred and animosity towards the former UFC title challenger, Chael Sonnen. The beef started prior to UFC 117 ten years ago, when Sonnen fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight title.

Is Wanderlei Silva a nice guy? ›

How GOOD was Wanderlei Silva Actually? - YouTube

How much money did Chael Sonnen make? ›

Chael Sonnen Net Worth: Chael Sonnen is a retired American Mixed Martial Artist who has a net worth of $10 million.

Who is the best UFC fighter of all time? ›

Georges St-Pierre is maybe the greatest pure athlete in UFC history.

Is Chael Sonnen the goat? ›

'The American Gangster' went on to name his GOAT and gave his reasons. Sonnen said: "I stand on St-Pierre, that's my answer, but I got a good reason for it. Not only did he clean out his division and beat all the guys of yesterday and beat all the guys of his day, he beat the future generation.

Who has the best UFC record? ›

Randy Couture

Who defeated Jon Jones? ›

Jon Jones has only one loss on his record, which came against Matt Hamill in December 2009 via disqualification due to illegal elbows. UFC president Dana White has often said that the loss should be overturned to a no-contest, since Hamill was being pieced apart by 'Bones' before the stoppage.

What season did Chael Sonnen coach TUF? ›

The series was officially announced by the UFC in October 2012 with Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones coaching opposite Chael Sonnen. The two coaches met in a title fight on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159.
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The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
Preceded byThe Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson
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Did Chael beat Anderson Silva? ›

Free Fight: Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen 1 | UFC 117, 2010 - YouTube

How many times did Anderson Silva defend his title? ›

Until then, we can reflect on what he has already done. Silva holds the UFC records for most title defenses and longest consecutive winning streak. Ten times he defended his gold and 16 straight times he had his hand raised.

How many times did Anderson SIlva fight Sonnen? ›

Silva vs. Sonnen. The sixth and final bout of the main card was the UFC Middleweight Championship match between Anderson SIlva and Chael Sonnen, regulated by referee Yves Lavigne. The fight was a rematch of the main event at UFC 117, also a contest for the UFC Middleweight Championship.

How many times did Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen fight? ›

Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen are two of the UFC's most legendary stars. The pair only fought once during their long and illustrious MMA careers. However, Sonnen and Ortiz did face each other once during their college wrestling days. The duo headlined the Bellator 170 fight card in Inglewood, California in January 2017.

Did Tito tap? ›

He verbally tapped, and I never said anything about it and the reason was, he quit the sport five seconds later. He quit the sport five seconds after I tapped and he quit the sport a minute and five seconds after he tapped. There was no rematch.

What steroids was Chael Sonnen on? ›

In September 2010, California State Athletic Commission Executive Director George Dodd revealed in a statement that in a postfight drug test, Sonnen's "test came back with a high T/E (testosterone-to-estrogen) level, which is indicative of anabolic steroid use."

How do you pronounce chael? ›

  1. Phonetic spelling of Chael. chael. CH-AH-L.
  2. Meanings for Chael. Angel.
  3. Translations of Chael. Russian : чел

Is Chael Sonnen any good? ›

Sonnen is truly one of the greatest personalities the MMA sport has ever seen. Before the Nate Marquardt fight not many fans knew who Chael Sonnen was.

Did Chael Sonnen fight Wanderlei Silva after TUF? ›

That was the second time that Silva and Sonnen coached an Ultimate Fighter season.
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The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3
Created byFrank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White
StarringDana White, Wanderlei Silva, and Chael Sonnen
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Why did Chael Sonnen retire? ›

On June 30, 2014, UFC and Fox Sports announced they had terminated Sonnen's contract as a UFC analyst due to his multiple failed drug tests. On July 23, 2014, the NSAC ruled that Sonnen would be suspended for 2 years from martial arts competition worldwide due to his multiple failed drugs tests.

Who won Tito Ortiz vs Chael Sonnen? ›

Tito Ortiz submits Chael Sonnen in the first round of the main event of Bellator 170. The fight marks the end of Ortiz's career.

What was Wanderlei Silva saying? ›

I won't fight just to fight, I'm fighting to win.

Did Sonnen leave the UFC after losing to Silva? ›

Chael Sonnen has closed the book on his loser-leaves-town offer to Anderson Silva, claiming the UFC middleweight champion has not accepted the challenge. Sonnen stood in the centre of the Octagon at UFC 136 and called out Silva to a title rematch.

What's the best TUF season? ›

Season 21 takes the crown for top TUF season in history. Not only did this show produce two of the best welterweights in UFC history, but it also completely changed the format of the show.

Is Chael Sonnen a Hall of Famer? ›

UFC Hall Of Famer Chael Sonnen's Top 5 Best Performances

UFC Hall of Famer Chael Sonnen is often considered as one of the greatest all-time mixed martial artists to have never won a UFC Championship but he holds notable victories over numerous former world champions.

Is Chael Sonnen smart? ›

Mirko Cro Cop claims Chael Sonnen has the IQ of a "children's shoe size", insisting it is difficult to get mad at the UFC middleweight because he does not know what he's saying.

Did Tito tap against Chael? ›

It's not a tap if the referee doesn't call it a tap so therefore, Tito didn't tap. I thought he tapped, and I let a move go. He verbally tapped, and I never said anything about it and the reason was, he quit the sport five seconds later.

Is Chael Sonnen retired? ›

Chael Sonnen is calling it a career. The ride is over. @ChaelSonnen announces that he is retiring.

Why do Sonnen and Silva hate each other? ›

The two did not end up fighting in 2014. Silva evaded a drug test and was pulled by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Sonnen ended up failing two drug tests. So, the fight at Bellator NYC will be something like five years in the making.

Are Silva and Sonnen friends? ›

One such rivalry was Wanderlei Silva's deep hatred and animosity towards the former UFC title challenger, Chael Sonnen. The beef started prior to UFC 117 ten years ago, when Sonnen fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight title.

Is Wanderlei Silva a nice guy? ›

How GOOD was Wanderlei Silva Actually? - YouTube

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