Two big fights have been added to Bellator 172 in February.
It was announced in November that Bellator had signed heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko and that he would meet former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione in his début at Bellator 172. Today they added the first two additional fights to the card. Heavyweights Cheik Kongo and Oli Thompson will clash as well as two undefeated lightweights Brent Primus and Adam Piccolotti.
Kongo comes into Bellator 172 riding a three fight winning streak. He last appeared in the Bellator cage back in September against Tony Johnson and walked out of the cage with a decision victory. The heavyweight has enjoyed a fair amount of success since joining Bellator going 7-2. He hasn’t scored a finish since September of 2014, but make no mistake the Frenchman still possesses the power to end the fight in an instant.
Thompson will be looking to get himself back in the win column after his five fight win streak was snapped by Matt Mitrione in July. Thompson’s a well rounded fighter and his resume shows it. The hard hitting heavyweight has seven knockout victories and six by submission wins. It will be interesting to see what game plan Thompson employs against the French kickboxer.
Primus will be looking to keep a perfect record when he steps into the cage in February. He is currently 7-0 with five fights under the Bellator banner. He started his Bellator run with three first round stoppages and has since chalked up two impressive victories over Derek Anderson and battle tested Gleristone Santos respectively. A win at 172 would put Primus right in line for a shot at lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
Adam Piccolotti is 9-0 and has been incredibly dominant in his five fights with Bellator. The lightweight has three submission wins and two unanimous decisions victories , with notable wins over Ray Wood and Brandon Girtz. Like Primus a victory would likely jump him to the front of the line for a lightweight title shot.
Bellator 172 will be live from San Jose, California and will air live on Spike TV on February 19.