Bellator 179 at the SSE Arena (Preview)

Bellator MMA proudly presents the much anticipated Bellator 179 live and exclusive inside what is destined to be a raucous and uber-atmospheric night of action inside a surefire sold-out show inside the acclaimed SSE Arena in London, United Kingdom on May 19; Bellator 179 airs live and exclusive on Spike TV.
Bellator 179 is a proverbial and undeniable British Invasion which will undoubtedly supersede its action-packed and stacked billing with the dynamic Paul “Semtex” Daley going one on one with Canada-born former UFC star Rory McDonald in a hotly awaited and climatic main event clash at Bellator 179 which has essentially been on the lips of Bellator MMA aficionados around the world; Bellator MMA‘s last event in London, United Kingdom was the very successful Bellator 158 inside the O2 Arena on July 16, 2016, which generated $1.1 million for total gate (12,311 fans attended Bellator 158 inside the O2 Arena).
The impressive  Paul “Semtex” Daley previously defeated Andre Santos at Bellator 134 via Unanimous Decision in round three in what was a highly-touted Bellator MMA debut for the highly prolific Nottingham-born Bellator MMA star.
Furthermore, Paul “Semtex” Daley has also previously claimed triumphant watermark wins over Brennan Ward at Bellator 170 via KO in round one, Andy Uhrich at Bellator 148 via KO in round one, Dennis Olson courtesy of TKO in round two, as well as notable victories over Marinho Moreira da Rocha at BAMMA 16 in Manchester, United Kingdom which effectively captured the imagination of Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker to sign Daley.
Paul “Semtex ” Daley‘s gifted opponent in the high-profile main event at Bellator 179 inside the SSE Arena – the 5″11 170 pound Rory McDonald, who currently boasts an impressive win-loss record that currently stands at 18-4 with resounding wins over the likes of Tyron Woodley, Jake Ellenberger, B.J Penn and of course Nate Diaz to name a few.
Rory McDonald signed with Bellator MMA on August 26, 2016 and subsequently appeared at Bellator 160 to officially announce his intentions of winning both the Bellator MMA Welterweight Championship and Bellator MMA Middleweight Championship.
Initially, the undefeated and highly dominant Michael “Venom” Page (12-0) was subject to face Derek Anderson in the co-main event at Bellator 179 inside the SSE Arena until MVP suffered a knee injury. In addition, Bobby Lashley was also set to compete at Bellator 179 although the former WWE superstar and current reigning and defending Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion withdrew from fighting at Bellator 179 for undisclosed reasons.
Replacing the Michael “Venom” Page and Derek Anderson confrontation in the Bellator 179 co-main event, the very imposing Linton “The Swarm” Vassell (17-5) anticipates an all-important Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight encounter with fellow Briton Liam McGeary (12-1) in certifiable entertainingly gripping Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight showdown that will invariably enable the victor at Bellator 179 to become the number one contender for the prestigious Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Linton “The Swarm” Vassell has been often been referred to as the proverbial dark horse of the star-studded and talent-laden Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight division and a major win over Liam McGeary this Friday evening at the richly awaited Bellator 179 inside the SSE Arena in London, United Kingdom would indeed officially solidify Linton “The Swarm” Vassell‘s status into stratospheric measures in the Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight division.
Liam McGeary defeated Brett McDermot at Bellator 173, whilst claiming equally emphatic victories over former UFC star Tito Ortiz at Bellator 142 and former Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton at Bellator 134.
Linton Vassell‘s last fight was against former UFC star Francis Carmont at Bellator 165, where the talented Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight division standout defeated Francis Carmont via Unanimous Decision. Linton “The Swarm” Vassell also holds notable career wins over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Emanuel Newton, Sokoudjou, Matt Jones and Virgil Zwicker.
Elsewhere, 6″4 235 pound Cheick Kongo faces Brazil-born Augusto Sakai in a Bellator MMA Heavyweight clash at Bellator 179. Cheick Kongo is coming off a reassuring victory against Oli Thompson at Bellator 172 in February 2017, whereas the seasoned France-born fighter has also claimed major victories over Matt Mitrione, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Pat Barry and Shawn Jordan throughout the course of his well-storied 16 year Mixed Martial Arts career. Augusto Sakai is presently undefeated (9-0) with previous wins over Alex Huddleston at Bellator 145 and Daniel Gallemore at Bellator 139.
Also, ever-rising 25-year-old Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr – the son of the late-great former Bellator MMA star and YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice – faces DJ Griffin at Bellator 179 inside the SSE Arena and heading into Bellator 179 he said “It is definitely an honor [to carry on his father’s legacy], but I have always wanted to fight my whole life and it’s something I have dreamed of doing. So, It is not really a burden, I accept it and that’s something I will have to do. It’s not hard for me to do it, it’s not like I am trying to do it. I love it, this is my passion.”
Bellator 179 will unquestionably be another banner night not only for Bellator MMA, rather British sport at large particularly with Linton “The Swarm” Vassell and Liam McGeary co-headlining with of course Paul “Semtex” Daley and Rory McDonald going one on one in the highly awaited main event at Bellator 179 this Friday night inside the SSE Arena in London, United Kingdom.
Bellator 179 will no doubt deliver on promise with fight-loving Britons sure to file in a flocks inside the electric SSE Arena in London, United Kingdom accompanied with union flags patriotically flying high inside the revered Wembley-based venue.
Moreover, Paul “Semtex Daley“, Linton “The Swarm” Vassell and Liam McGeary long to show the entire world live on Spike TV at Bellator 179 that the British have indeed arrived to make an astranomical impact to buttress and assert their dominance in the certified leader and innovator in Mixed Martial Arts – Bellator MMA.
Will history indeed repeat itself at Bellator 179 inside the SSE Arena in London, United Kingdom when the commanding British Invasion invades Spike TV on May 19?



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Dean Perretta
Dean Perretta is a 2x SEA Award-winning creative, Broadcast Journalist, Reporter, Courtside Analyst for BBC televised London Lions and Executive Producer who currently contributes to FOX Sports Radio, FourFourTwo Magazine and Muscle & Fitness Magazine.