Team of Couture, Liddell, Bader, Woodley, MacFarlane to Participate on Celebrity Family Feud

By Jay Pettry Aug 16, 2019

"Family Feud" better watch out, as a rumble between MMA champions and WWE stars is heading to the show this weekend.

Bellator MMA put out a press release on Friday announcing that two of their champions would be appearing on popular game show "Celebrity Family Feud" on Sunday. Making up the team includes Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight king Ryan Bader as well as their women's flyweight queen Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. Joining them will be former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, as well as UFC legends and former champions Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture. They will be playing together for the Andy Vargas Foundation. The episode will air on ABC on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Facing the squad of MMA greats will be Team Nikki and Brie Bella, who star on the reality show "Total Bellas." Nikki Garcia-Colace and Brianna Danielson are twin sisters that competed in the WWE under the names Nikki and Brie Bella, more famously known as "The Bella Twins." They will be appearing along with their cousin Lauren Garcia, brother JJ Garcia and mother Kathy Laurinaitis. This team will be playing for The V Foundation as well as Connor's Cure.

Bader is set to defend his heavyweight crown against Cheick Kongo at Bellator 226 in September. The simultaneous double-champion has won his last seven including knockouts of Fedor Emelianenko, Muhammed Lawal and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in that stretch. Winner of the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix, Bader beat three opponents to win the heavyweight strap, but has not competed at 205 pound since November 2017.

MacFarlane is unbeaten as a pro at 10-0 with eight stoppages to her credit. Most recently, she finished Veta Arteaga at Bellator 220 in April when she slashed Arteaga with a fight-ending elbow. MacFarlane holds or is tied for a litany of records among female Bellator fighters, including the most wins, fights, finishes, title defenses and more.

"The Chosen One" has not competed since dropping his title to Kamaru Usman in March, which snapped a seven-fight unbeaten streak. Woodley defended that welterweight strap three times while retaining it once in a draw against Stephen Thompson. He was originally slated to return in a rematch against Robbie Lawler in June, but after re-injuring his hand he had to withdraw.
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