There will be both a Couture and a Gracie competing on Bellator’s first New York card.
Ryan Couture and Neiman Gracie have been added to the Bellator 180 event June 24 at Madison Square Garden, the promotion announced Tuesday. Couture will meet Haim Gozali in the feature fight of the Spike.com Bellator 180 prelims, while Gracie faces David Marfone on the Bellator 180 main card on Spike.
Couture (10-5) will make the jump up to welterweight for the first time. He has dropped two straight under the Bellator banner. The 34-year-old son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture was on a four-fight winning streak prior to the skid. Gozali (7-3), an Israel native, has won two straight.
Gracie (5-0), a nephew and student of the legendary Renzo Gracie, is a perfect 3-0 for Bellator with a pair of submission wins. Gracie, 28, is a decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor. Marfone (5-2) will be making his Bellator debut.
The pay-per-view portion of the card, dubbed Bellator NYC, will be headlined by a grudge match between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Fedor Emelianenko takes on Matt Mitrione in the co-main event. Plus, there are a pair of title fights — Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin and Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus — and the pro debut of uber prospect Aaron Pico.