In the main event, Bader will defend his championship against Cheick Kongo. The rest of the main card features featherweight bouts, with four of the five serving as opening round fights for the man featherweight tournament. Bader claimed the heavyweight championship at Bellator in January, knocking out Fedor Emelianenko with one punch to win the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. He became the first fighter in promotion history to hold two of its championships simultaneously, and the second overall to win Bellator titles in two different weight classes.
It was an electrically charged entrance for Ortiz to the combat arena, the American National Anthem rousing a 17, crowd towards the night's crescendo.
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Also here at theforum is the awesome Hanayali -- really is a star! This is such an iconic place pic. That's how big Ortiz really is, popular or not.
A Hall of Famer, a genuine legend and this was a perfect way to bow out. Ortiz is what the triumph of MMA epitomises.
It was moving. Ortiz never had his father around. It is what made him a fighter, and an emotional man. Daley, who does deserve the sobriquet right now of 'the most dangerous pound for pound knockout artist in MMA', destroyed Brennan Ward with a left hook, swing elbow dagger and a flying left knee that saw the American drop like a brick.
And he took some time to recover. Ward was taken to hospital on precautionary measures. Now up: American welterweight Brennan Ward and U.
This event will be shown in the UK in seven days' time. That needs addressing.
In this age, and particularly in this consumer driven, fast moving sport, it's almost acceptable if Bellator really is going to grow its brand in the UK. This could have been a water cooler moment. Unfortunately it will have cooled completely in hours time.
He's right pic. Bellator MMA, for me, had an old school feel last night, and they really made a statement. Amazing end. He really pulled something off there.
It was spectacular. Tito, Tito, Tito, they chant. Both know how to sell a fight - and to win a fight. I see Sonnen taking this by ground and pound finish, taking Tito down. But if Tito gets on top early They might both be past their best, but there is a great atmosphere in here tonight Daley down, then a big right by Daley.
They are exchanging hard as promised.
Brilliant British victory Crowd become like the Roman Coliseum at The Forum. Daley all over. He says he does. Ward is a dangerous striker; Daley is a very dangerous striker. It's who strikes smartest. Let's see But Ralek not in a great position to work.
Gracie, a lifelong jiu jitsu practitioner, will want to get the fight tied up and on the ground. But deep into the first round it is a stand up stand off Look out for Sanchez as time goes on.
And of course Muhammad Ali fought here Sanchez is from the Duke Roufus training camp. First round was dour battle, but Sanchez started second well, throwing strikes, before being tied up again by the Armenian-American.
Sonnen and Ortiz went at it this week in an intriguing news conference. They sold it. Without selling out themselves.
Ortiz, an MMA legend, and Sonnen, the man who before Conor McGregor, made trash talk funny and popular in the mixed martial arts firmament stand atop of two years graft by Bellator, and its mercurial CEO, Scott Coker, as a genuinely stacked event launches a new year as the promotion looks to grow under the masterful shadow of Viacom, its deep backer.
Paul Daley will also take on Brennan Ward For Ortiz, bowing at this event was no simple decision after two decades in the sport, numerous surgeries, and several comebacks.
Though he has never really been away. I went over it with my family and of course the injuries and surgeries I had in my career I don't take short cuts," added Ortiz.
No matter what injuries I have. I put them aside and I fight through it. When the fight's over I fix myself. I'm very thankful for my surgeon who has been able to put me back together.