Lyoto Machida vs Chael Sonnen headlines Bellator 222
Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen face off at Bellator 222 press conference / Pic: Supplied

Bellator 222

Bellator MMA returns to New York with the event held at Madison Square Garden on June 15 (AEDT). Light Heavyweights Lyoto Machida (25-8) and Chael Sonnen (31-16-1) square off in a feature bout “after years of parallel MMA careers,” reads the announcement sent out by the promotion. The press conference was held this week in attendance of both competitors.

The fight card also features Neiman Gracie (9-0) face off the winner of Rory MacDonald and Jon Fitch in a semifinal bout of Bellator’s Welterweight World Grand Prix. MacDonald, the current welterweight titleholder, defends his belt against Fitch on April 28 (AEDT) in San Jose.

“Since MacDonald will enter his bout against Fitch on April 27 in San Jose as champion, the victor at Bellator 220 will then carry the belt into their matchup against Gracie on June 14 (Jun. 15 AEDT).”

The lineup of the upcoming show also includes 175-pound catchweight bout between Dillon Danis (1-0) and Max Humphrey (3-2), and Heather Hardy (2-1) taking on a yet to be named opponent in women’s flyweight battle. Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current Bellator 222 fight card can be found below.

Light Heavyweight Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
Welterweight WGP Semifinal title bout: Winner of Rory MacDonald/Jon Fitch vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0)
175-Pound Catchweight Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
Women’s Flyweight Heather Hardy vs. TBD