Bellator NYC/180 took place Saturday (June 24, 2017) from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The card was headlined by a light heavyweight grudge match between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen. Closing odds are courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Here’s a quick recap of each of the lined fights…
Favorites that Won
Chael Sonnen went back to his bread and butter, taking down Wanderlei Silva in all three rounds of their main event contest to win a unanimous decision. Sonnen closed as a -155 favorite with the Silva +135 underdog.
Neiman Gracie successfully took Dave Marfone’s back in the second round and was able to latch in a rear-naked choke to win in the second to last fight of the night. Gracie closed as a large -750 favorite while Marfone was a big +525 dog.
James Gallagher earned the biggest win of his career by dominating Chinzo Machida on the mat and securing a first-round submission. Gallagher closed as a -210 fave while Machida was +175 in defeat.
Former UFC lightweight Ryan Couture earned a decision victory over Haim Gozali. Couture closed as a -400 favorite with Gozali at +325.
Underdogs that Won
Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione both dropped from simultaneous punches, but it was the latter who recovered faster and was able to finish his opponent for a huge win over the legendary Russian heavyweight. Mitrione closed as a small +105 underdog while Emelianenko was -115 chalk.
Michael Chandler rolled his ankle in the first round and was unable to put any weight on his left leg. The referee then stopped the bout, allowing the doctor to step in and awarding the fight to Brent Primus as well as the lightweight championship. Primus closed as a giant +585 underdog while Chandler was -870 for the 13th biggest upset in MMA history.
Douglas Lima got the better of the striking exchanges, nearly finishing Lorenz Larkin in round two en route to a unanimous decision win to retain the welterweight title. The champ Lima closed as a +140 underdog while the challenger Larkin was a -160 favorite in his Bellator debut.
After a stalemate over 25 minutes, Ryan Bader was awarded a victory by split decision to win the Bellator light heavyweight championship over Phil Davis. Bader closed as a +105 underdog with Davis at -125.