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Report: Fedor Emelianenko Likely Fighting Matt Mitrione Next

Kelsey Mowatt

Fedor Emelianenko

If you’ve been holding out hope that some day, Fedor Emelianenko might step into the Octagon, well,  it looks like the waiting game continues…

Yes, according to a report from FloCombat, Bellator is close to signing a fight between “The Last Emperor” and Matt Mitrione. Multiple sources have confirmed with the outlet that the bout is nearly done, and that it would take place in early 2017.

This comes not long after Shane Carwin relayed that he’d agree to fight Emelianenko under the RIZIN banner, but that the 40 year-old had yet to sign. Since then the Japanese based promotion has announced that Carwin’s competing in its open-weight grand prix, December 29th.

So, if Emelianenko – Mitrione goes down, it will certainly be one of the biggest heavyweight fights in Bellator’s history.

If it happens, it will be interesting to see what the odds are for the bout. Mitrione is coming off consecutive stoppage wins, while Emelianenko was battered and pummelled in his last bout against Fabio Maldonado. The Russian star emerged with the decision win, but the consensus was that the fight could have easily been stopped in the opening round, in Maldonado’s favor.

Following that bout, UFC boss man Dana White reported that the fight had done very well on Fight Pass, fuelling rumors that perhaps, Emelianenko might finally sign with the promotion.

Emelianenko has gone 2-0 since he ended his retirement last year.


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