Bellator is stepping up to Madison Square Garden and back onto pay-per-view.

The Associated Press has learned the mixed martial arts promotion will stage a stacked card in New York City on June 24.

Bellator 180 will be headlined by Chael Sonnen's long-awaited rivalry bout with Wanderlei Silva. Additional fights will be announced soon for several of the promotion's top talents, including a handful of its newly-signed free agents.

Bellator will broadcast on pay-per-view for only the second time in promotional history, signalling another step in its growth as a rival for the industry-leading UFC. Bellator staged its only previous pay-per-view event in May 2014, shortly before CEO Scott Coker took over the promotion.