Perhaps the best heavyweight fighter in MMA history will make his first appearance in Bellator Fighting Championships in just 13 days, and you can be there live when it happens by buying your tickets today. Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione will take place live at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Fedor came back to the sport after a three-year absence in Dec. 2015, when he beat Jaideep Singh by TKO in the first round. He followed that win with a majority decision win over Fabio Maldonado, giving him 36 wins in his career. He has now won five bouts in a row and has 11 career KO/TKO victories and 17 submission victories on his resume.
His opponent, Matt Mitrione is a UFC veteran who may give us a glimpse of how Fedor would have fared in the UFC. Mitrione racked up victories in the Octagon against opponents like Gabriel Gonzaga, Shawn Jordan, Joey Beltran and Kimbo Slice.
Mitrione has knocked out both of his opponents in Bellator so far, showing off the athleticism that helped him get to the NFL during the two bouts. His punching power and quickness will be needed against Fedor, who is one of the best finishers in the history of the sport.
Fedor made a name for himself as the best heavyweight in the sport during the golden years of MMA, winning 27 straight fights from 2001 to 2009. He has wins over a who’s who of heavyweight history, including former UFC champs Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Pedro Rizzo, Mark Coleman, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
The victor will probably get a look at their next opponent when heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Oli Thompson face off earlier in the evening. Kongo comes into the fight with a 7-2 record in Bellator. Kongo racked up a number of big wins in the UFC before coming to Bellator, including victories against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Pat Barry and Paul Buentello.
Thompson would definitely appreciate another shot at Mitrione after losing against the former UFC heavyweight in July. Before that, he had reeled off five straight victories, including a pair by TKO.
Other fights during the night will include a showdown between veterans James Terry and David Douglas and a battle between undefeated competitors as 9-0 Adam Piccolotti and 7-0 Brent Primus face off.
Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione will be live on February 18 at the SAP Center in San Jose, so buy your tickets today so you can be there!