Bellator MMA returns to London this weekend for Bellator 179.
This is the second event Bellator has held in the English capital city. Bellator 158 was also held in London on July 16, 2016.
Bellator 179 is scheduled to take place on May 19, 2017, at the SSE Arena in London, England.
The event will be headlined by a welterweight contest between Paul Daley against Rory MacDonald.
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 Bellator MMA 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 was supposed to feature Michael Page vs. Derek Anderson, however, Page pulled out of the fight last week following a knee injury and the fight was scrapped.
With the co-main event now off, Liam McGeary vs. Linton Vassell, which was originally set to place place on the main card will now feature as the co-main event of the evening.
Check out the full fight card below for BEllator 179 which features a whole host of young talent from the UK MMA scene.
Welterweight Main Event: Paul Daley (39-14-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (18-4)
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)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Dan Vinni (14-14) vs. Alex Lohore (10-1)
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)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Fabian Edwards (0-0) vs. Rafal Cejra Cejrowski (2-0)
Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jeremy Petley (10-8) vs. Chase Morton (6-3)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Marcin Prostko (4-3) vs. Mike Shipman (9-1)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Lukasz Parobeic (12-6) vs. Neil Grove (12-8)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Salih Kulucan (4-5) vs. Diego Barbosa (3-0)