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UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will fight Michael Bisping in July if the reigning middleweight titleholder wants it.

Woodley, appearing on “UFC Tonight” recently, made it known that he would be willing to replace Georges St-Pierre if things fall apart between GSP and Bisping.

“I think Georges St-Pierre is playing games with us,” he said. “He didn’t want to fight me, so he went up to middleweight, then mentioned going down to lightweight. Michael Bisping,

“I stand by my offer, ten toes down. If you want to get it on July 8, I’ll be there and I’ll be ready.”

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Bellator’s debut in Madison Square Garden will be a “big deal” for the promotion.

Set for June 24, the card features Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva on pay-per-view. The co-main sees Fedor Emelianenko take on Matt Mitrione, while two titles will also be on the line.

Below is a press release:

Bellator MMA is bringing its biggest event ever to the “Big Apple!”

Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and Mecca of combat sports, will host Bellator’s first-ever mixed martial arts event in the state of New York on Saturday, June 24 with Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva. The blockbuster pay-per-view features two of the sport’s most recognizable names in Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC), who will finally meet in a light heavyweight fight that has been brewing since 2011.

The double main event also features Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC), an MMA legend that many consider to be the greatest heavyweight fighter of all-time, taking on Matt Mitrione (11-5) in a bout that will undoubtedly produce fireworks between the heavy-handed strikers.

Additionally, the Viacom-owned promotion is adding two world championship bouts. First, Douglas Lima (28-6) defends his belt against top free agent signing Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC) and then, current lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3) will put his world title on the line against the undefeated Brent Primus (7-0).

“As a fight promoter, my goal is to put together the biggest cards possible for our fans around the world,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “Bringing an event of this magnitude to a city and arena like New York and Madison Square Garden has been something Bellator, Spike and Viacom have wanted to make happen for quite some time. On June 24, the goal becomes reality, when we put on the biggest event in promotional history, Bellator NYC.”

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva takes place Saturday, June 24 and airs LIVE on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Prior to the pay-per-view event, SPIKE will air Bellator 180 LIVE and FREE on both coasts, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additionally, Bellator 180 prelims will air exclusively on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT. Additional contests will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets for the event starting at $60, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Friday, March 31 at Ticketmaster, TheGarden.com and Bellator.com. Fans can sign up for Bellator Nation here to participate in a presale that will take place Wednesday, March 29-Thursday, March 30.

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva will be distributed by G&G Closed Circuit Events to bars, restaurants and other commercial establishments throughout the U.S. and Canada. G&G Events is a leading provider of closed circuit television and has distributed some of the biggest events in sports, including De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, Mayweather vs. “Canelo” Alvarez and Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, as well as Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo. “G&G is thrilled about Bellator being back in the pay-per-view business with this tremendous event. We look forward to handling the distribution nationwide and for Canada,” said G&G President Nicolas Gagliardi. G&G Events can be contacted at www.ggccevents.com or by phone at (888) 258-7115.

Additionally, through Bellator’s global distribution partners, Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva will be available in over 140 countries around the world.

Sonnen spent a majority of his 44-fight career with the UFC, a run that saw him defeat current middleweight champion Michael Bisping, and compete against the likes of Jon Jones, Anderson Silva (twice), Rashad Evans, “Shogun” Rua, Demian Maia and Brian Stann. In addition to his in-ring action, the West Linn, Ore. native has mastered the art of being in front of the camera, doing broadcast work for both ESPN and Fox Sports. Following a three-year hiatus from active MMA competition, Sonnen returned to the cage against Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170 in January.

“The Axe Murderer” has fought in some of the most memorable feuds and battles the sport has ever seen. His wars with “Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Mirko Cro Cop, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Chuck Liddell and Michael Bisping remain some of the more memorable bouts in MMA history. Silva is far from ready to close the book on his illustrious career, returning to action against a man that he has despised for quite some time. In addition to the PRIDE middleweight title, Silva’s trophy case includes awards for “Fight of the Year” (2003, 2004, 2007), KO of the Year (2008) and multiple “Fight of the Night” awards, including one for each of his last three fights. He now looks to continue entertaining fans inside the Bellator cage and begins with a bout several years in the making.

A former PRIDE champion, “The Last Emperor” is one of the most revered and respected heavyweight fighters the sport has seen. Stone-faced and quiet, Emelianenko boasted one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks in the history of MMA, not losing a bout between 2001 and 2009. A multi-time world champion in MMA and Sambo, Fedor recently returned to the sport after a brief hiatus, accumulating two decisive wins since his return to action.

Matt Mitrione remains poised to make an impact in the Bellator heavyweight division following two emphatic wins since signing with Bellator in 2016. The Illinois native and standout defensive end at Purdue University earned All-Big Ten honors in 2000 and subsequently earned his way into the NFL where he played six seasons as a member of the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. Mitrione ultimately found his way into MMA where he became a high-level competitor, defeating the likes of the late Kimbo Slice, Derrick Lewis and Gabriel Gonzaga.

Hailing from Atlanta, Ga. Douglas “The Phenom” Lima has been ruling the roost at 170-pounds in Bellator for the better part of three years. A winner of 16 of his last 18 contests, the American Top Team product remains set on doing away with all viable contenders at welterweight and his first step since reclaiming the strap from Andrey Koreshkov comes against one of Bellator’s newest signees, Lorenz Larkin.

Set to enter the Bellator fray is a “Monsoon” of violent proportions – unanimously ranked on lists compiling the top-ten welterweights on the planet, Larkin is set to continue his career in Bellator, after inking an exclusive, multi-fight contract last week. A known finisher, the pride of Riverside, Calif. will make his promotional debut a winner of four out of five.

Chandler will look to defend his belt for the first time since successfully defending it in a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Benson Henderson last November. A 16-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Chandler has consistently proven that he belongs among the world’s elite, riding into his bout on June 24 on a streak of four straight victories.

Also a native of Oregon, the surging Primus remains unbeaten after five consecutive wins to begin his Bellator MMA career. At only 31, Primus has been committed to honing his craft since he was 13, going as far as to sell his landscaping business to keep his hopes of someday becoming a champion alive. On June 24, he finally has the opportunity to make his dreams come to fruition.

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Updated Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Fight Card:

Light Heavyweight Main Event: Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) vs. Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC)

Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)

Welterweight World Title Bout: Douglas Lima (28-6) vs. Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC)

Lightweight World Title Bout: Michael Chandler (16-3) vs. Brent Primus (7-0)

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman believes he will get a finish at UFC 210 when he takes on Gegard Mousasi.

Weidman talked about that contest, Georges St-Pierre returning and more during a recent appearance on “Submission Radio.”

Chris’ video game obsession and why he started a Twitch channel

“I’ve been gaming since as long as I can remember, and then I got to PC gaming and then I was doing consoles for a long time like through college and stuff, but since I started having kids it started dwindling down and I moved a few times. I even set up my computer, which I built like five years ago – and it was top of the line five years ago but now it’s kind of is not as good as what’s out there at all. But anyway, so I was playing some Counter-Strike at night during this camp, just kind of to chill out, and I was in Jiu Jitsu and one of the guys in Jiu Jitsu, he makes money streaming and he was talking to me about it and I was like, “man, you make money doing this?”. I was like, maybe I’ll just start streaming when I play video games cause I’m playing anyway, I’ll just start streaming it. And that’s what I started doing.”

“Oh yeah, I’ve done it all. I mean, I think I became a little bit more mature with it. Like, you know, a little bit more structured with my time. But oh man, yeah, through the years, man I was out of my mind with gaming. Not just Counter-Strike – which I’ve definitely spent lots of time on – but I mean, I was even geeking out. I was doing World of Warcraft, I was power-levelling characters. I was out of my mind for a while. So yeah, definitely.”

If Weidman asked for Mousasi and his thoughts on having him as an opponent

“I mean it’s what I want. I want the best guys, I want the guys that… I mean, when have I ever fought a guy who wasn’t a top guy? And Mousasi would be almost a step down from the level of guys I’ve been fighting. And he’s on a nice win streak, he’s developed a name for himself, he’s experienced, he’s been around, but I feel like every time he’s stepped up and fought a top-notch guy I think he came a little bit short. So it’s a great fight, people are behind it, people think he’s good and so if I go out there and dominate him I think it bring me closer to getting back to that title contention.”

Where Mousasi ranks compared to Chris’ last few opponents

“I don’t know. I think, like you know, you watch him fight, when he fought Lyoto Machida I think he was on a win streak and Mousasi was – It might have been right after I beat Machida. I don’t remember exactly – But I mean, he did everything he could to win that fight, just he couldn’t track down Machida, he couldn’t get the win. I don’t think he’s beat a top, top guy before. And honestly, I haven’t really watched him too much. I watched him more like live. I haven’t like scouted him or anything like that. Like my coaches are obviously, but I haven’t really watched too much video on him so I don’t really know his history. (laughs) Oh god, I don’t even know what I’m saying right now (laughs).”

If going into this fight losing back-to-back fights has changed Chris’ preparation or mentality

“No, not really. I mean, every fight always feels like the biggest fight of your life and this is definitely no different. I gotta win this fight. I gotta go out there and not just win it, but I gotta go out there and dominate it. And that’s the pressure I put on myself, you know, and I feel like I kind of do that for all my fights. But my mentality is strong. I feel very confident I can go out there and break him, put him in panic mode and I just feel like I’m the better athlete and the more technical athlete in every aspect of the game.”

Biggest advantages over Mousasi apart from wrestling

“I think my pressure, my size, strength, I think my range. You know, I’m pretty long and the way I’m able to mix it up in the striking for the wrestling. I mean, I think he got outstruck by Lyoto Machida and I outstruck Lyoto Machida. So if we really wanna go down the striking game, I’m confident with that too. So anywhere this fight is, I’m gonna feel comfortable. And the fact is that I can dictate this fight. I can take this fight to the ground and he’s gonna be losing down there. And his biggest weakness is also his biggest strength – he’s very relaxed, which is a great trait, but sometimes him being relaxed, before you know it the fight’s over and he didn’t get the job done. So I’m gonna make him panic. He’s gonna realize that he’s got three rounds to win. To the judges, you can’t just sit back, get taken down and think it’s okay. You know, you’re gonna lose, and especially with me on top of him. He’s not going to be able to relax like maybe he’s relaxed with other people when he gets taken down. He’s really gonna have to worry about the big ground and pound and the submissions.”

What Weidman wants more, a rematch with Rockhold or a title shot

“What I want more than anything is the title. That’s where the money’s at, man. That’s the bread and butter. So again, the title’s the number one thing I have my eye set on. I got nothing with Rockhold. You know, whatever, he fought a better fight than me, he beat me and at one point we will get a rematch and I will redeem myself, but it’s not something that I’m losing sleep over.”

Thoughts on GSP getting the middleweight title shot and people in the division like Romero being overlooked

“Well it’s definitely holding up the division, which sucks for everybody in the middleweight division. I understand GSP. I mean, he gets the opportunity to fight for the middleweight title against a guy who’s probably less dangerous for him, and even at welterweight, you know, fighting a guy like Tyron Woodley. So it’s a great opportunity for GSP, so I understand what he’s doing. For Bisping, it’s a great opportunity for him. He gets to make a lot of money fighting GSP and it’s a guy who’s coming up from welterweight who hasn’t fought in, I don’t know, like three years and he’s again now not fighting a top contender in the middleweight division. So for those two guys it’s working out great, but for the rest of the division it kind of sucks.”

If Chris feels sorry for Romero

“Yeah, I definitely feel for him. And I mean, he deserves it. He beat me fair and square with a beautiful knockout, so I expected him to get it. But Bisping I don’t think wants that fight, and then all of sudden it’s just bad timing with GSP coming back and Bisping opening his mouth, trying to want that fight. So it’s just bad timing for him.”

Who’s winning out of Bisping/GSP

“Bisping’s a way bigger guy than GSP. GSP’s, you know, talking about even going down to 155, so the size disparity is gonna be a lot and GSP’s been out for a long time now. So that’s the curve balls that we’ve got going. But I think GSP has been a more proven winner over the years and I think he can find a way to win.”

If Weidman’s sparred with GSP and if he felt as strong as other middleweight opponents he’s faced

“He’s definitely a smaller guy, and I haven’t gone live with him or anything like that. We’ve worked together, but nothing to be told. But he’s definitely a smaller a guy but he’s capable of doing anything he wants to do.”

If Weidman thinks GSP would stick around and fight other middleweight contenders and possibly him

“No, I don’t think he’s gonna stick around at middleweight, first off. And second off, yeah, I don’t think we would fight. Renzo Gracie affiliation is too strong. He trains there with Danaher. GSP’s just a good dude. I don’t know. I mean, unless he called me up and was like, ”listen, let’s do it, we’re gonna make a lot of money doing it,” (laughs) then I’d be like, okay. But I have no interest in doing it.”

Prediction on how he beats Mousasi

“I think a TKO. A TKO in round two.”

Here’s an extended look at the upcoming UFC 210 preview, offering up insight to the main event between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.

The two meet next month for Cormier’s light heavyweight title.

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Jimi Manuwa left the home crowd buzzing Saturday night, scoring a first round knockout over Corey Anderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 107.

Unfortunately for those in attendance, the event was not all a success.

Brad Pickett lost his retirement fight inside The O2 Arena, falling in the third round to Marlon Vera. “One Punch” announced shortly after his loss to Urijah Faber that he would retire following this fight.

Manuwa, though, gave himself a boost in the light heavyweight division, stopping Anderson three minutes into their five-round main event.

In the co-main, Gunnar Nelson locked in a guillotine choke shortly after the second round started, forcing Alan Jouban to tap.

Arnold Allen continued his featherweight march with a decision over Makwan Amirkhani to begin the UFC Fight Pass main card.

On the prelims, which also streamed live, Joe Duffy concluded his current UFC contract with a decision vs. Reza Madadi, while Francimar Barroso defeated Darren Stewart, Timothy Johnson topped Daniel Omielanczuk and Leon Edwards bested Vicente Luque.

Marc Diakiese had the lone stoppage on the prelims, knocking Teemu Packalen out in just 30 seconds. Brad Scott defeated Scott Askham and Lina Lansberg topped Lucie Pudilova.

Two bouts were scratched right before the card began, as Tom Breese was declared unfit to fight Oluwale Bamgbose and Ian Entwistle the same vs. Brett Johns. Entwistle announced his retirement after the decision was made.

Complete results are below:

Jimi Manuwa def. Corey Anderson via KO (strike) at 3:05 of Round 1

Gunnar Nelson def. Alan Jouban via submission (guillotine choke) at :46 of Round 2

Marlon Vera def. Brad Pickett via TKO (strikes) at 3:50 of Round 3

Arnold Allen def. Makwan Amirkhani via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Joe Duffy def. Reza Madadi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Francimar Barroso def. Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Timothy Johnson def. Daniel Omielanczuk via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

Leon Edwards def. Vicente Luque via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Marc Diakiese def. Teemu Packalen via KO (strike) at :30 of Round 1

Brad Scott def. Scott Askham via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Lina Landsberg def. Lucie Pudilova via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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