There is a big fight feel in New York City, as Bellator MMA is set to take center stage in all of combat sports this Friday night June 14th, live from Madison Square Garden. As a native New Yorker, this writer knows when something big is about to happen in NYC, and it’s clear that the combat sports world is focused on June 14th as BELLATOR 222 is ready to show the MSG crowd and a worldwide audience watching on DAZN mixed martial arts at it’s best. It will be a night of young up and coming superstars, championships, and legends to take place at the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena’.
Main Event – Bellator Welterweight World Championship:
*In the headlining fight of the evening, the reigning Bellator Welterweight Champion of the World Rory MacDonald will defend his prestigious title against Neiman Gracie. This title fight should prove to be epic, as not only will the Welterweight championship be on the line, but this is also a semi-final contest in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix.*
Co-Main Event – MMA Legends Collide
When legends battle, it’s always a spectacle, and that will surely be the case in Madison Square Garden 6/14/19. Lyoto Machida will bring his tremendous mixed martial arts resume, include being the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion from 2009 to 2010 with him to NYC when he goes one on one at Bellator 222 with Chael Sonnen. Sonnen himself has a stellar MMA legacy including a win over UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping in 2012. These two stars of MMA respect each other, but there is no question they will both enter battle June 14th with one thing in mind… Victory.
Bellator Bantamweight World Championship
The Bellator Bantamweight Championship of the world will be on the line at Bellator 222 in a great rematch. The defending champion has a very impressive 13-2 record, but even as the reigning champion, Darrion Caldwell will enter Madison Square Garden hungry for payback against the man who defeated him in the Rizin Fighting Federation on New Year’s eve 2018, challenger Kyoji Horiguchi. Horiguchi is sure to walk into MSG full of confidence from his previous victory, but Caldwell is primed and ready to avenge that loss and retatn his Bellator Bantamweight World Title June 14th in New York City.
Hubbard Wrestling Weekly’s FIGHTER TO WATCH: Valerie Loureda
This writer believes this woman is a future superstar in Bellator and she proved that in her sensational debut at Bellator 216 in a victory over Colby Fletcher via first round TKO. Valerie Loureda is the real deal, and is on her way to Madison Square Garden for Bellator 222 where she will fight Larkyn Dasch. Hubbard Wreslting Weekly© predicts Valerie is the female fighter of the future, and she will have the chance to show the world again in New York City this Friday night as part of the Bellator 222 prelims.
Bellator 222 Main Card:
Rory MacDonald (Champion) vs. Neiman Gracie (Bellator Welterweight World Championship)
Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen (Light Heavyweight Division)
Darrion Caldwell (Champion) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (Bellator Bantamweight World Championship
Eduardo Dantas vs. Juan Archuleta (Bantamweight Division)
Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey (Catchweight 175 lbs.)
Bellator 222 Prelims:
Aaron Pico vs. Adam Borics (Featherweight Division)
Ricky Bandejas vs. Patrick Mix (Bantamweight Division
Brandon Polcare vs. Brandon Medina (Flyweight Division)
Mike Kimbel vs. Sebastian Ruiz (Bantamweight Division)
Heather Hardy vs. Taylor Turner (Women’s Flyweight Division)
Haim Gozali vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer (Welterweight Division)
Phil Hawes vs. Michael Wilcox (Middleweight Division)
Kastriot Xhema vs. Whitney Francois (Catchweight 165 lbs.) John Beneduce vs. Kenny Rivera (Featherweight Division)
Robson Gracie vs. Oscar Vera (Welterweight Division)
Rena Kubota vs. Lindsey VanZandt (Catchweight 112 lbs.)
Valerie Loureda vs. Larkyn Dasch (Women’s Flyweight Division)
*Hubbard Wrestling Weekly will be at Madison Square Garden live Friday June 14th for exclusive media coverage for Bellator 222. Be sure to check back with HWWeekly for the very latest on this epic Mixed Martial Arts event.*
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