The Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen has a date and venue. “The Last Emperor” will face “The American Gangster” on Oct. 13 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.
MMAWeekly confirmed the report with Bellator MMA officials, following an initial report by Newsday.
The event will be Bellator’s second that weekend. Bellator 207 takes place on Oct. 12 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., the night before and is headlined by the other semifinal bout between light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader and Matt Mitrione.
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Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) knocked out Frank Mir in the quarterfinals in 48 seconds in April. Sonnen (30-15-1) advanced in the tournament with a decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in January.
The event will mark the fight promotion’s first trip to Long Island.