Rivals Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen, who are set to headline Bellator NYC Saturday night on pay-per-view live from Madison Square Garden, nearly got into a scuffle during the pre-fight press conference on Thursday morning.
The two men exchanged barbs throughout the press conference as they promoted their fight, before finally coming face-to-face for a staredown after its conclusion.
When the two men were able to get into each others faces, the trash talk immediately began before Silva shoved Sonnen to spark a reaction.
Luckily, security was on stage and able to immediately defuse the situation.
Thanks to a rivalry that extends back years, the two men are set to headline Saturday’s show at The World’s Most Famous Arena.
Prior to the Bellator NYC pay-per-view, Bellator 180 will take place, headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between former UFC standouts Phil Davis and Ryan Bader.
Bellator 180 kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Spike TV, before the action shifts to pay-per-view at 10:00 p.m. ET for a five-fight card headlined by Sonnen vs. Silva. Also on the pay-per-view card is a heavyweight co-headliner between the legendary Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione, a welterweight title fight between champion Dhiego Lima and Lorenz Larkin, a lightweight championship bout between title holder Michael Chandler and challenger Brent Primus, and the highly-anticipated MMA debut of one of the best prospects in recent memory, Aaron Pico.
The full card for Saturday’s festivities can be seen below:
Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Card (Pay-Per-View):
- 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)
- Lightweight Feature Bout: Aaron Pico (Debut) vs. Zach Freeman (8-2)
Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader Card (SPIKE):
- Light Heavyweight World Title Bout: Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) vs. Ryan Bader (22-5)
- Featherweight Bout: James Gallagher (6-0) vs. Chinzo Machida (5-2)
- Welterweight Bout: Neiman Gracie (5-0) vs. Dave Marfone (5-2)
- Women’s Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Heather Hardy (Debut) vs. Alice Yauger (4-5)
Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader Preliminary Card (Bellator.com):
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Ryan Couture (10-5) vs. Haim Gozali (7-3)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jerome Mickle (2-1) vs. Anthony Giacchina (1-1)
- Catchweight Preliminary Bout (168 1bs.): John Salgado (4-7-1) vs. Hugh McKenna (0-1)
- Catchweight Preliminary Bout (130 1bs.): Matt Rizzo (9-2, 1 NC) vs. Sergio da Silva (6-8)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nate Grebb (3-1) vs. Bradley Desir (9-5)