It should also be noted Bader issued a challenge to Davis in an interview with FloCombat last month in hopes of earning a title shot in his Bellator debut. Monday, Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed to MMAJunkie.com that the perennial standout light heavyweight had signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion.
"I think [Bellator 180] will be the most exciting fight card in MMA this year so far", Coker told AP. I think Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader. Bellator is owned by media conglomerate Viacom, and airs regularly on Spike TV. The event will also be Bellator MMA's debut in NY, with the card taking place at Madison Square Garden. The UFC held a major PPV event at Madison Square Garden in November, which was headlined by its current lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Sonnen (28-15-1) is currently winless under the Bellator MMA banner, dropping a fight to the now retired Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170 earlier this year. I'm ranked No. 4 in the UFC.
There is now no word on when Bader will debut or who he will challenge first. His last outing was at UFC on Fuel 8 on March 2nd 2013, when he stopped Brian Stann in the second round of an absolute war. The 40-year-old Brazilian was also suspended in 2014, after he refused to take a random drug test in Nevada.
Bellator President Scott Coker today told the AP that Sonnen (29-14-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) will headline Bellator 180, which takes place June 24 at Madison Square Garden in NY. He was scheduled to fight for Japanese promotion Rizin FF in December, but withdrew due to injury. No other bouts have been made official for the landmark card.