The man who many believe is the greatest heavyweight fighter in MMA history will make his Bellator Fighting Championships debut on February 18, and you can be in the house live when he does by getting your tickets today. The event will be held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Fedor returned to MMA after a three-year absence in Dec. 2015, when he defeated Jaideep Singh by TKO in the first round. He followed that victory up with a majority decision victory over Fabio Maldonado, and now has an astounding 36 wins to his name. He has won five fights in a row and now has 11 KO/TKO victories and 17 career submission wins to his name.
Meanwhile, Matt Mitrione is a dangerous UFC veteran who will give us the best possible idea of how Fedor might have fared in the Octagon. During his time in the UFC, Mitrione racked up victories against opponents such as Gabriel Gonzaga, Shawn Jordan, Joey Beltran and Kimbo Slice.
Since making his Bellator debut last June, Mitrione has knocked out both of his opponents, showcasing the athleticism that helped him get to the NFL in the process. He’ll need his punching power and quickness against the dangerous Fedor, who is one of the best finishers in the history of the heavyweight division.
Fedor earned a name for himself as the best heavyweight in MMA during the golden years of the sport, as he reeled off 27 straight victories between 2001 and 2009. He has victories over a who’s who of heavyweight history, including former UFC champions Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Pedro Rizzo, Mark Coleman, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
The winner of the main event will likely 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. The veteran fighter had a long and successful career in the UFC before coming to Bellator, including wins over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Pat Barry and Paul Buentello.
Thompson would certainly like another shot at Mitrione after dropping a bout to the former UFC heavyweight in July. Before the loss, he had rattled off five straight victories, including a pair by TKO.
Other bouts during the evening include a showdown between veterans James Terry and David Douglas and a battle of undefeated fighters as 9-0 Adam Piccolotti and 7-0 Brent Primus face off.
Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione will take place on February 18 at the SAP Center in San Jose, so get your tickets today so you can see it live!