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Wanderlei Silva    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Silva lost to Chael Sonnen via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City

Fantasy Analysis

It looked like Silva was one or two strikes away from finishing the fight with punches in the first round. He had gotten up from a takedown and landed a strike that floored Sonnen. Unfortunately, that was one of the very few bright spots for Silva. He landed only 12 strikes in the fight per CompuStrike. The former Pride FC champion had not fought since defeating Brian Stann 2013. He will likely continue fighting with potential bouts coming in Bellator or Rizin.
Chael Sonnen    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Sonnen defeated Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City

Fantasy Analysis

After all the talk, this fight came down to the wrestling. Silva had zero answers for Sonnen's takedown game. Sonnen came out and went for a takedown almost immediately. He landed it easily. This set the tone for the fight. Whenever he wanted to take the fight to the ground, he was successful. Silva was dangerous when the fight was on the feet, and he even dropped Sonnen in the first. However, Sonnen's takedowns could not be stopped and Silva could not get back to his feet. Sonnen seemed to call out Tito Ortiz and Fedor Emelianenko after the fight, so it looks like he will continue to take fights outside of the light heavyweight contendership. If his fights continue to be lackluster, will fans continue to care?
Dave Marfone    Bellator    Lightweight
Marfone lost to Neiman Gracia via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:27 of Round 2 at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

The bout was originally supposed to be part of the Spike TV card. However, the bout was the swing bout, so it did not go on until after the co-main event. Gracie obviously had the grappling advantage, but early in the fight Marfone did a good job surviving on the ground. Unfortunately it did not last. In the second round, Gracie took Marfone down, took the back and finish via rear-naked choke.
Neiman Gracie    Bellator    Welterweight
Gracie defeated Dave Marfone via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:27 of Round 2 at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

These two fighters were originally set to be part of the Spike TV portion of the card. However, it became the swing bout and did not go on until after the co-main event. Gracie scored a few takedowns in the first, but he could not finish via submission. He continued to move forward and work for the back. In the second round, he locked into the back mount and locked on the rear-naked choke.
Fedor Emelianenko    Bellator    Heavyweight
Emelianenko lost to Matt Mitrione via TKO (Punches) at 1:14 of Round 1 at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

Both fighters landed hard strikes. It was a double knockdown. Mitrione recovered first and scored the finish. This may have been the final fight for the former Pride FC champion. Fedor had won five-straight fights since losing three in a row in Strikeforce. However, he clearly is not the same fighter he was during his prime.
Matt Mitrione    Bellator    Heavyweight
Mitrione defeated Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (Punches) at 1:14 of Round 1 at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

This was really something. Both Mitrione and Fedor landed knockdown blows. Mitrione recovered first and pounced on the former Pride FC champion. He landed a series of punches that ended the fight. This is unique finish, that you will likely never see again. With the victory, Mitrione becomes the number-one contender for the vacant Bellator heavyweight title.
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