It’s official: the great Fedor Emelienenko, who is about 15 years past his prime, has signed on with Bellator and will be facing UFC vet Matt Mitrione.
As per Bellator:
One of MMA’s most sought-after free agents has found himself a home as Bellator MMA has come to terms on a multi-fight deal with Fedor Emelianenko (36-4), securing the talents of the man many consider to be the greatest heavyweight fighter of all-time.
The Scott Coker-led promotion is also pleased to announce that Emelianenko will compete on American Soil for the first since 2011, when he meets Matt Mitrione (11-5) in the main event of “Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione” on Saturday, February 21 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The event will air LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Additional fights will be announced in coming weeks.
Tickets for “Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione” start at only $30, with an exclusive “Bellator Nation” pre-sale running on Monday, November 21 and tickets going on sale to the public on Tuesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets are available at SAP Center Box Office, Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com.
“The Last Emperor” is one of the most revered and respected heavyweight fighters the sport has ever seen. Stone-faced and quiet, Emelianenko boasted one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks in the history of the sport. A multi-time World Champion in MMA and Sambo, Fedor recently returned to the sport after a short hiatus, accumulating two wins since his return to action.
“It’s great to be back in business with Fedor,” Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said. “The man is a legend both inside and outside of the cage and I’m elated to bring him back Stateside for the American MMA fans to witness him fight Matt Mitrione in San Jose. He and I go quite aways back, and I look forward to continuing to build our partnership here in Bellator MMA.”