This Saturday, Bellator MMA will return to San Jose, California with Bellator 183. The card is a pretty stacked one.
In the main event, we’ll see former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson take on long-time Bellator staple Patricky Freire. In the co-main event, meanwhile, we’ll see a pair of knockout-addicted UFC veterans collide, as England’s Paul Daley takes on recent Bellator title challenger Lorenz Larkin. Elsewhere on the card, we’ll witness the Bellator debut of former UFC heavyweight Roy “Big Country” Nelson, who takes on Javy Ayala.
And these fights aren’t the only reason to be excited for the card.
Bellator 183 will also mark the US debut of Bellator’s trademarked “Bellator Flying Cage,” which allows the organization to transform the Bellator cage into a kickboxing ring for Bellator kickboxing bouts (Bellator 183 is co-branded as Bellator Kickboxing 7).
This miraculous flying cage has been used at several Bellator events overseas – in Florence, Italy, Torino, Italy and Budapest, Hungary – but this will be it’s United States debut.
See a video of the flying cage in action above, and see what Bellator has to say about this wild contraption below (via MMAJunkie.com).
“A must-see spectacle, the steel structure is suspended from above and lowered to the platform beneath allowing the Bellator Kickboxing ring to completely transform into the Bellator MMA cage in less than 15 minutes. Having been featured at previous events in Florence, Italy, Torino, Italy and Budapest, Hungary, the Flying Cage has never before been utilized in the United States. Bellator is proud to bring this unique experience to its Bay Area home at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on September 23.”
Will you be watching the cage take flight at Bellator 183 this Saturday? What do you think of this wild apparatus? Join the conversation in the comments section.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/20/2017.