Chael Sonnen vs. Lyoto Machida booked for Bellator’s return to Madison Sq. Backyard

Bellator’s subsequent journey to Madison Sq. Backyard will embody a light-weight heavyweight conflict between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida, MMA Preventing has confirmed. ESPN first reported the information.

The Bellator card is scheduled for June 14 in New York.

Sonnen (30-16-1) will return to the sunshine heavyweight division after going 1-1 as a heavyweight, defeating Quinton Jackson and shedding to Fedor Emelianenko in Bellator’s grand prix. In his final look at 205 kilos, Sonnen defeated longtime rival Wanderlei Silva.

Machida (25-Eight) is using a three-fight successful streak, together with a pair of UFC victories over Eryk Anders and Vitor Belfort earlier than becoming a member of Bellator and defeating former middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho through determination in his debut.

“The Dragon” holds wins over present Bellator titleholders Gegard Mousasi, the middleweight kingpin, and two-division champion Ryan Bader. The Brazilian star hasn’t competed at gentle heavyweight since shedding a choice to Phil Davis in Aug. 2013.

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