Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione Joins Sonnen vs. Silva on Bellator PPV

March 21, 2017
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Let’s run this back and try it again. Bellator will make another attempt to get Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione into the cage when the promotion lands in New York.

Fedor vs. Mitrione will serve as the Bellator 180 co-main event on June 24 at Madison Square Garden. Bellator 180 will be the promotion’s second attempt at a pay-per-view event, and will be headlined by a Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva grudge match. Bellator officials announced Fedor vs. Mitrione via an article by the New York Post.

Fedor Emelianenko Bellator 172 Post-Fight“I’m so excited to come back to the East Coast and compete again. I spent two years with the New York Giants, all my family is out there and I’m ecstatic that they will get to be there and watch me punch the greatest heavyweight of all time in the face,” Mitrione told the Post.

Fedor and Mitrione were originally slated to headline Bellator 172 on Feb. 18, but Mitrione was pulled from the fight at the last minute due to medical complications caused by kidney stones.

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“Bellator has been awesome in supporting me throughout this whole ordeal with the kidney stones and knowing that I’m the sexiest opponent for Fedor,” Mitrione said.” I’m glad we were able to keep this fight intact and putting it on this monstrous pay-per-view event.”

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  • TheCerealKiller

    I knew it was fake! They pulled the rug out at the last minute because people were actually going to watch for once. Now they think people are going to pay to see washed up has-beens and UFC castaways? They’ll have to squeeze Bader, Phil Davis and Rory on the card to complete the joke.

    • Uncle Larry

      I was trying really hard not to think all that and I hate how true it is. But maybe if I can get drunk enough I can forget all that while I watch it.

    • BigE

      This isn’t any worse than some of the past UFC’s – especially with khabib pulling out and snoozefest woodly vs wonderboy. Belfort vs. Gastelum, Lewis vs Browne – couldn’t recall anything particularly good about these cards either. I think I’d rather pay to see the grudge match of Sonnen/Silva and also to see what Fedor has left.

      • TheCerealKiller

        We saw what he had left against the much smaller Maldonado, nothing. Fabio knocked him out twice in the first round! In any legitimate organization, that fight would have been stopped in the first.

    • Sir_Roy

      They “think” people will pay, because they will pay. I won’t, but many will. Can’t completely erase the WWE mentality from this sport I’m afraid.

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