Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione Set For Bellator 180

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Bellator MMA is planning another big fight for their next pay-per-view event, which would be the second PPV event in the promotion’s history as MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko will attempt to make his promotional debut yet again against Matt Mitrione. This time it’s set for a much bigger stage as the two fighters are slated to meet in the co-main event of Bellator 180. The news was first reported by nypost.com.

Emelianenko (36-4) and Mitrione (11-5) were first scheduled to meet in February’s Bellator 172 headliner in San Jose, but the fight fell apart just hours before the event. The fight was called off due to Mitrione being hospitalized with kidney stones. There were options on the table for other fighters to step in on short notice and fight the MMA legend such as Chael Sonnen but nothing materialized. Although there were talks of booking Emelianenko against a different opponent, Bellator decided to try and get the fight made with Mitrione once more.

It has already been announced that a grudge match between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will headline this event. No other fights for Bellator 180 have been announced yet.

Bellator 180 takes place on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the main card airs on pay-per-view. It’s likely that part of the prelims will air on Spike with the rest of the prelims airing online just like they did at Bellator 120, which was the first PPV event in the promotion’s history.

  • kevin

    Im digging Bellator chasing down the UFC vets. Id rather watch an over the hill Rampage vs Wand then the majority of the new fighters. With the roster they are compiling of old and new fighters I dont see Bellator being another farm franchise for the UFC.

    Just need to snag Randy to have the match between him and Fedor

    • MMA Gear Hub

      Some of them are okay I suppose. I think Dan Hardy vs Benson Henderson would be a good idea if they could make it happen contract-wise.
      Dan said he wants to come back to lightweight for a superfight.
      I wrote a post about 5 fights I want to see – http://tinyurl.com/hhemdos – and that was one of them.

      • Juan Diablo

        Dan is still under contract with the UFC and Bendo is under contract with Bellator- plus he’s saying he’s going to retire and join the military. Idk what happened to Bendo, he lost that killer instinct and Dana saw it a mile away and let him walk. One of my favorite fighters ever tho

  • Juan Diablo

    Meathead by 1st round KO

  • MMA Gear Hub

    I like Vitor’s idea for a legends league but it would completely destroy Bellator. They wouldn’t make money with their old-timers and the UFC would scoop up all the talent.
    This fight means nothing to me. Sonnen vs Silva is better but mostly because I like listening to Sonnen’s trash talk.

    • Jess Fenchley

      Geriatric league.

  • Fedor was a great fighter but his best years as a fighter are behind him now. He is 40 yo now so don’t expect him to take on top fighters, at least not with a positive results for him. I’m curious why didn’t he retire but rather continue selling his legend cheap?

    • Jess Fenchley

      Tell that to Randy Couture.