Fedor Emelianenko is taking on Matt Mitrione in the main event, but the co-main event will have Josh Thomson facing Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, and that’s pretty damn cool, too.
As per a Bellator press release:
A lightweight feature bout pitting Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) against Patricky â€śPitbullâ€ť (16-8) will serve as the co-main event of Bellator 172 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Feb. 18.
The contest joins a stacked main card that includes a pair of heavyweight competitors featuring Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) against Matt Mitrione (11-5) in the main event and Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) against Oli Thompson (17-9) in main card action. In addition, undefeated lightweights Adam Piccolotti (9-0) and Brent Primus (7-0) round out the Spike-televised main card. Additional contests will be announced shortly.
Bellator 172 will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the SAP Center Box Office as well as Ticketmaster.com.
After earning victories in each of his first seven professional contests, the 38-year-old Thomson joined forces with the UFC and Strikeforce, stringing together an impressive resume that included notable wins over Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez. Now under the direction of Bellator MMA, â€śThe Punkâ€ť has recorded back-to-back finishes in his first two bouts with the Scott Coker-led promotion. With 16 of his 22 career victories coming by way of knockout or submission, Thomson is always a threat to end his opponentâ€™s night early. Hailing from San Jose, Calif., Thomson hopes to put on a show in front of his hometown faithful and move one step closer to finally meeting Bellator MMA Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.
The 31-year-old â€śPitbullâ€ť enters the cage for the 17th time under the Bellator MMA umbrella, second most in the promotionâ€™s history behind only David Rickels. The Brazilian knockout artist continues to be at the forefront of Bellator MMAâ€™s lightweight division and has tallied six wins over his past nine bouts, including a trio of knockouts over proven veterans Rickels, Derek Campos, and Ryan Couture. Hailing from Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil, Freire has notched 10 knockouts over his professional career, with five of the finishes coming in the opening round of action. â€śPitbullâ€ť will once again look to play the role of spoiler when he tries to take down San Joseâ€™s own Thomson on Feb. 18.