Bellator 172 Fights and Main Card Event.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Matt Mitrione (CANCELLED)
Patricky Freire vs Josh Thomson
Cheick Kongo vs Oli Thompson
Veta Arteaga vs Brooke Mayo
Mauricio Alonso vs Josh Koscheck
One of the most highly anticipated heavyweight fights in Bellator MMA history takes place on Saturday. The legendary Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko (36 wins, 4 loses, 1 no contest) make his debut on the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts franchise, facing Matt Mitrione (record 11 wins, 5 losses).
‘The Last Emperor’, who went 28 battles unbeaten in between 2001 and 2009 beating a succession of terrific rivals, is back and will headline the main card at Bellator 172 at the SAP Center in San Jose this Saturday.
Emelianenko is the longest reigning heavyweight lineal champ in MMA history, and has a mystique and modesty changed by a ferocious fighting style when in the fight sports arena. His tradition in the sport and his impact in MMA and been compared with the likes of Muhammad Ali in boxing, Pele in football and Wayne Gretzky in ice hockey. President Putin is a buddy and fan, and United States President Donald Trump has followed the fighter throughout his boy’s promo of MMA.
Aged 40, this will be the Russian’s last pursue a duration far from the sport when he worked for the Sports Ministry in his home nation. Following back-to-back wins given that his return from a three-year retirement, Fedor will look to extend his winning streak to six straight with a triumph over Mitrione.
The card likewise consists of an amazing lightweight match-up with veterans Josh Thomson and Patricky Freire, along with a welterweight scrap including former UFC contender Josh Koscheck. San Jose’s own Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) goes back to the Bellator MMA fight arena to take on experienced knockout artist Patricky “Pitbull”(16-8) in a lightweight co-main clash.
Likewise on the main card is an all-European heavyweight feature fight pitting Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) against British phenom Oli Thompson (17-9) and a female flyweight fight pairing Veta Arteaga (2-1) versus Brooke Mayo, a high school teacher who is making her debut.
Making up the primary card is a welterweight face-off between Josh Koscheck (17-10) versus Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC).
The Legend of Fedor’s Sweater Fedor’s huge profession goes hand-in-hand with his “Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory.” A raft of stars from sport and entertainment chime in on the Russian slugger’s strange outfit, which has turned into one of the mysteries of the fighter.