Bellator has come quite a ways since its first event in 2009. It has been a long road from an intriguing idea to one of the top Mixed Martial Arts promotions in the world. The upcoming Bellator 179 represents a turning point in the company’s history as one of their biggest cards are on the horizon.
The Main Event
The main attraction will feature a battle of ranked welterweights vying for a shot at the championship. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald (#6) will take on devastating knockout artist Paul Daley (#15). This contest will determine a new challenger for the Bellator welterweight crown as Douglas Lima (#13) defends it on Pay-Per-View against Lorenz Larkin (#7) at Bellator 180.
The fight between Rory MacDonald and Paul Daley is easily one of the biggest and most intriguing contests in Bellator history. MacDonald is a tactician with a multitude of skills in every facet of the game. Paul Daley is a feared knockout artist with all the tools needed to rise to the occasion and become a world champion. With 77 fights between the two both have built a reputation as finishers. Through 39 wins Paul Daley host a stunning 29 knockouts giving him a 74% knockout ratio. Rory MacDonald, on the other hand, boasts 13 finishes in 18 wins giving him a 72% finish ratio.
This fight is as significant for the promotion as it is interesting for the fans. Paul Daley will look to spoil the promotional debut of Rory MacDonald after calling him out at Bellator 170. Rory MacDonald will look to batter Paul Daley in his home country of England, and prove to the world he is still one of the best in the division.
The co-main event
Before the two talented welterweight contenders scrap it out, a former Bellator light heavyweight champion returns to action. At Bellator 163 light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary (#10) lost his title and undefeated record dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to Phil Davis (#5). However, the King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England native bounced back tremendously defeating Brett McDermott at Bellator 173. Now as McGeary readies his climb back up the light heavyweight ladder he takes on top contender Linton Vassell.
A former Bellator light heavyweight title challenger Linton Vassell is 6-2 under the Bellator banner. Despite losing his two most notable fights the well-rounded competitor was able to remain a top light heavyweight on the Bellator roster as he won his last two fights impressively. Now Linton Vassell will have another chance to prove himself as he battles one of the best light heavyweight fighters in the world today.
This is a very good matchup of light heavyweight contenders. Liam McGeary is a proficient finisher winning a remarkable 92% of his fights by knockout or submission. Linton Vassell is a veteran who has proven quite the finisher himself. Despite decision wins in his last two fights Vassell boast a 76% finish ratio. This fight has all the makings of a fan friendly battle, and it is significant to the Bellator light heavyweight title picture.
A Heavyweight Clash
The Bellator heavyweight division has been in a state of limbo as the champion left the company unannounced to compete in his home country of Russia. Now the Heavyweight has been left without clarity but the Bellator 179 fight between Cheick Kongo (#11) and Augusto Sakai could determine the first challenger for the vacant heavyweight championship.
A main attraction on the Bellator roster since 2013 Cheick Kongo has found success going 8-2 within the promotion. Currently on a four-fight win streak, the French heavyweight veteran had one of the best performances of his career at Bellator 172 as he dominated Oli Thompson en route to a unanimous decision victory. Now seeking heavyweight gold the 41-year-old is looking to dominate once again at Bellator 179.
Undefeated Brazilian heavyweight knockout artist Augusto Sakai is entering the Bellator cage for his sixth time at Bellator 179. The 25-year-old Gile Ribeiro Team product will be entering what is undoubtedly the biggest fight of his young career. With a 78% knockout ratio, the young Brazilian will be looking to display his power in a fight that holds major title implications for Bellator’s heavyweight division.