Bellator 179: MacDonald vs. Daley is scheduled to take place on May 19, 2017, at the SSE Arena in London, England. The event will air on Spike TV.
Bellator is returning to London with a welterweight fight pitting Paul Daley against Rory MacDonald serving as the main event of Bellator 179.
Immediately following his flying-knee knockout of Brennan Ward at Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen, Daley took the microphone during his post-fight interview and made the most of his time, emphatically calling for his May 19 opponent by name. Now, a little more than 100 miles from his home, “Semtex” will attempt to spoil the BellatorMMA debut of MacDonald. A 55-fight veteran of the sport, with six appearances under the direction of the Scott Coker-led promotion, the British heavy hitter has recorded victories in 10 of his last 12 bouts with 31 of his 39 victories coming via finish.
After signing MacDonald to an exclusive, multi-year, multi-fight contract in 2016, the must-see talent returned to the gym where he carefully honed his craft and readied himself for an eagerly-anticipated return to MMA. The former No. 1 contender to the UFC welterweight crown now sets his sights on the always-exciting Daley, looking to add to a list of strong career wins, which includes current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, B.J. Penn, Demian Maia and Nate Diaz. “The Red King” is clearly the most popular active Canadian mixed martial artist since Georges St-Pierre, whom MacDonald has trained under for years at the world-renowned TriStar Gym in Montreal. At only 27-years-old, MacDonald joins Bellator’s welterweight fray poised to immediately make an impact in the division, as he looks to defeat Daley and shock the London crowd.
The co-main event of the evening features another welterweight bout between Michael ‘Venom’ Page and Derek Anderson.
Page (12-0-0 MMA) has looked unstoppable thus far in his MMA career. ‘Venom’ has won eight straight under the Bellator MMA promotion and is coming off a split decision win over Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson. Prior to the decision win, Page earned four stoppages in four bouts including a second-round highlight reel KO over Evangelista Santos at Bellator 158: London.
Anderson (14-3-0 MMA) was on a two-fight winning streak headining into his last bout with Derek Campos at Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen, eventually losing via unanimous decision. Prior to the loss, Anderson earned a split decision win over Patricky Freire at Bellator 147: Thomson vs. Villaseca before earning a unanimous decision over Saad Awad at Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.
Check out the full fight card for Bellator 179 below:
Welterweight Main Event: Paul Daley (39-14-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (18-4)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Michael Page (12-0) vs. Derek Anderson (14-3)
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Liam McGeary (12-1) vs. Linton Vassell (17-5)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (26-10-2) vs. Augusto Sakai (9-0-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jay Dods (6-0) vs. Alfie Davis (7-1)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Rob Beech (4-1) vs. Stav Economou (17-5)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Jamie Powell (6-1) vs. Amir Albazi (8-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Umer Kayani (4-3) vs. Nathan Jones (10-5)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Dan Vinni (14-14) vs. Alex Lohore (10-1)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Liam Etebar (6-1) vs. Rafal Cejra Cejrowski (2-0)
Catchweight Preliminary Bout (150 lbs.): Jeremy Petley (10-8) vs. Chase Morton (6-3)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Marcin Prostko (4-3) vs. Mike Shipman (9-1)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Salih Kulucan (4-5) vs. Diego Barbosa (3-0)