Bellator 222: MacDonald defends against Gracie
Bellator Welterweight champion Rory MacDonald | Pic: via Instagram/romac_gorilla

MMA event Bellator 222 is held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 15 (AEST). Top of the bill on DAZN features Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) defending his welterweight title against the unbeaten Neiman Gracie (9-0). The pair battles it out in the semi-final of World Grand Prix. The contest follows a light heavyweight matchup between Lyoto Machida (25-8) and Chael Sonnen (31-16-1).

A completed 18-fight card has been announced on Tuesday. Among the bouts, Dillon Danis and Max Humphrey square off at the 175-pound catchweight encounter. Ricky Bandejas and Patrick Mix meet at bantamweight. In addition, Eduardo Dantas takes on Juan Archuleta at featherweight.

The kick off of the main card is a bantamweight championship defense between the current titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-2) and Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2). The pair meets for the second time, following their encounter late December in Saitama where the latter earned the inaugural RIZIN FF bantamweight title by submission in the third round.

The six-fight main card follows the undercard comprising 12 matchups. The complete lineup for Bellator 222 can be found below.

Bellator 222: MacDonald vs. Gracie

Main card
Welterweight Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie
Light Heavyweight Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
Catchweight (175 lbs) Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
Bantamweight Ricky Bandejas vs. Patrick Mix
Featherweight Eduardo Dantas vs. Juan Archuleta
Bantamweight Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

Undercard
Featherweight Aaron Pico vs. Adam Borics
Women’s Flyweight Heather Hardy vs. Taylor Turner
Women’s Flyweight Valerie Loureda vs. Larkyn Dasch
Welterweight Robson Gracie Jr. vs. Oscar Vera
Bantamweight Mike Kimbel vs. Sebastian Ruiz
Catchweight (175 lbs) Haim Gozali vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer
Women’s Catchweight (112 lbs) Rena Kubota vs. Lindsay VanZandt
Middleweight Phil Hawes vs. Michael Wilcox
Lightweight Marcus Surin vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev
Flyweight Brandon Medina vs. Brandon Polcare
Catchweight (165 lbs) Kastriot Xhema vs. Whitney Jean Francois
Featherweight John Beneduce vs. Kenny Rivera

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