The “Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko is returning to North America under the Bellator Banner.
Bellator dropped a bombshell at Bellator 165. They announced the return of Fedor Emelianenko, one of the most polarizing figures in the sports history. He will take on former UFC vet Matt Mitrione at Bellator 172 in San Jose.
Emelianenko now 40 is a legend in the sport. His resume reads as a who’s who of the sport. Names like Antonio Rogerio Nogueria, Mark Hunt, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipova and Kevin Randleman. He retired in 2012, but wasn’t out long before making his return to the cage. In June, he was in the cage at EFN 50 against Fabio Maldonado. A back and forth tilt, Fedor was near finished before regrouping to take the decision victory.
The last time Emelianenko fought on North American soil was under the Strikeforce banner. He was less than successful going 1-3 with a win over Brett Rogers and three consecutive losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson.
His opponent Mitrione made the move to Bellator earlier this year and is 2-0, finishing both Carl Seumanutafa and Oli Thompson by TKO. Mitrione made the move from the NFL to MMA in 2009 and has a record of 11-5.
Who do you think takes this one?