Bellator MMA president Scott Coker speaks with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani about the new deal with streaming service DAZN and the superfight between welterweight champion Rory MacDonald and middleweight titlist Gegard Mousasi. They also chat about the fourth bout upcoming between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva at Bellator 206, which will start the welterweight world grand prix. Coker also breaks down how easy it was to negotiate with former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.
Ariel Helwani speaks with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson about his upcoming fourth fight with Wanderlei Silva at Bellator 206 in September. Jackson recaps his previous bouts with Silva back in PRIDE where he felt the promotion wanted him to lose their third fight in the UFC that Jackson won via knockout. Rampage talks about life as a heavyweight and fighting at age 40, then jokingly asks Ariel to call him as sir in the future.
Wanderlei Silva chats with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani about his upcoming fourth bout against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 206 in September and why he believes rival Chael Sonnen will defeat Fedor Emelianenko in the semifinals of the Bellator world heavyweight grand prix and to eventually win the heavyweight title against the winner of Ryan Bader vs. Matt Mitrione.
The Prograis homecoming will occur Saturday evening at the Lakefront Arena, where he will defend the WBC super lightweight diamond belt against fellow unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco. And, in the co-feature, Brooklyn-bred Teofimo Lopez (9-0, 7 KOs) will take on William Silva (25-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title.
Prograis vs. Velasco and Lopez vs. Silva will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. ET.
Championship boxing is back in "The Big Easy" on Saturday at the Lakefront Arena. Native son Regis "Rougarou" Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) defends the WBC super lightweight diamond belt against fellow unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), while unbeaten lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez (9-0, 7 KOs) looks to continue "The Takeover" against once-beaten William Silva (25-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title.
This weekend former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will make his return to the ring. The Filipino Senator will step inside the ring with WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia in a fight that will be televised on the ESPN+ app.
Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez meet for a rematch on September 15th. The two men have more animosity towards each other this time around. Will it lead to a more exciting fight than what the first match produced?
The next chapter in the storied career of former eight-division world champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will stream live and exclusively in the United States on Saturday, July 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN+
While Joao Zeferino (22-9) leads the welterweight standings in the current season for the Professional Fighters League (PFL), Ray Cooper III (14-4) picked up a very meaningful win at PFL 3 in Washington D.C. last week.