Bellator NYC - Press Conference

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ByTheMinMMA

Hello everyone. Jody Jamieson here. Here's your link to the Bellator NYC press conference live at 4pm UK time.

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Bellator have been very kind to me with regards to their media work. But unfortunately I won't be legally able to cover the card on Saturday night, due to this.

That's right. Bellator's biggest event of all time will be shown on a two day tape delay in the UK. Spike TV UK and Channel 5 have the rights to Bellator in the UK. Let's have a look and see what they're showing.

Channel 5, who showed the Bellator 179 main card from London almost live (a few hours tape delay) will be showing Super Casino till just after 3am. A chance for drunk people to empty their wallets to the attractive lady on TV. They'll follow up with a documentary called Gold Digger and Proud. All about women who know how to get money out of men, and feel no shame about it. Fun.

They follow that up with two episodes of House Doctor. Basically people fixing up their house. Weirdly, there's no sense of chronological order. Showing S01E04 first, and then following with S06E05. So there's that. And when the main event heads to the cage, we can watch Wildlife SOS. I won't lie, that looks pretty good...

Spike TV UK doesn't offer you the joys of documentaries about gold diggers or wildlife or doing your house up. From 3am when the card starts, all the way through to 9am on Sunday morning, they're showing Teleshopping. It's synopsis? "Teleshopping." Going all out.

This is nothing against Bellator as a company. They've made great strides in 2017 at a time where the UFC is kinda floating along when compared to 2015 and 2016. This card is completely stacked. But the TV deal in a major market like the UK is a major negative. Sure, showing it at a more sensible time is understandable, but why can't they show it live at the same time?

This card features Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva in the main event. A rivalry seven years in the making. Fedor Emilianenko vs. Matt Mitrione is a chance to pass the torch at a time when the heavyweight division is looking to crown a new champion.

There are three title fights to look forward to aswell. Douglas Lima defends the welterweight title against Lorenz Larkin in what on paper might be the highest level fight in the history of Bellator. Larkin was on a roll in UFC before signing with Bellator, and Lima is one of the most underrated fighters in the world.

Michael Chandler puts the lightweight title on the line against Brett Primus. Chandler is without doubt a high level lightweight, but this might be an interesting challenge. The main even of Bellator 180 on Spike TV in the US (before the PPV) is Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader for the light heavyweight championship. They've fought before, and it wasn't particularly exciting, but it's a big fight.