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One of Bellator’s top pound-for-pound fighters is coming to pay-per-view.
Michael Chandler will defend his lightweight title against Brent Primus at Bellator 180 on June 24 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Thursday. The event will air live on PPV.
Chandler (16-3) has won four straight and is coming off a successful title defense against former UFC champion Benson Henderson in November. The Missouri native won the belt for a second time in June 2016, via knockout over Patricky Freire. Chandler, 30, has been a cornerstone for Bellator and one of its most tenured athletes, going back to 2010.
Primus (7-0) is a perfect 5-0 in Bellator. The Oregon native is coming off a split decision win over Gleristone Santos in April 2016 and will be coming into this bout following a 14-month layoff. Primus, 31, also owns a win over Bellator welterweight contender Derek Anderson.
Bellator 180 is headlined by a grudge match between longtime rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. In the co-main event, Fedor Emelianenko will make his Bellator debut against Matt Mitrione. The card is just the second on pay-per-view for Bellator and the promotion’s first-ever event in New York City.
Kongo is currently on his best run since leaving the UFC back in 2013. The 41-year-old heavyweight is riding a three-fight winning streak with decision victories over Alexander Volkov, Vinicius Queiroz and Tony Johnson. Meanwhile, his opponent, Thompson, is coming off an unsuccessful Bellator debut, losing to Matt Mitrione in July at Bellator 158. That loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for the English fighter.
In the lightweight bout, Piccolotti and Primus will be placing their respective undefeated records on the line. Piccolotti, who’s 9-0 as a professional fighter, is 5-0 in Bellator and is coming off a unanimous decision over Brandon Girtz last November at Bellator 165. Primus is also 5-0 under the Bellator banner and last competed at Bellator 153 in April, defeating Gleristone Santos via split decision.
Both these bouts will be part of the main card of Bellator 172, which will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione and is set to take place on Feb. 18 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Two veteran fighters announced their retirement from competition today, with each one representing two very different perspectives in the MMA world. Announcing his retirement via a press release, old school UFC competitor Din Thomas laid out a poignant case for the realistic ceiling of fighters from his era. Said Thomas: UFC 168, Weidman vs Silva, […]
When Bellator returns to action, the company will do so without one of its standout welterweights.
Veteran Brent Weedman has retired from the sport. The Louisville native, who will turn 30 next month, finishes with a career record of 22-9-1.
Weedman had been a part of Bellator since 2010, debuting with a knockout of Rudy Bears at Bellator 16. He compiled an 8-4 record in the company.
He participated in five Bellator tournaments, and reached the finals of the Season Six welterweight tourney, where he lost a decision to Rick Hawn. His final bout, on Oct. 18, was another loss to Hawn, also via decision.
Weedman’s management, Suckerpunch Entertainment, posted a statement on Thursday.
“Brent called us over the holidays to let us know this was a hard decision for him and he is very grateful for all the opportunities he has had along the way,” the statement read. “With the latest addition to his family, Brent wants to simply focus on being a dad, husband and his post fight career.”