Report: Matt Mitrione vs. Fedor Emelianenko No Longer On Table

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It seems as though former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione will no longer welcome Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Fedor Emelianenko to Bellator.

According to a report from¬†, via Bloody Elbow’s Karim Zidan, Bellator plans to instead book Emelianenko against Cheick Kongo, Quinton Jackson, or Joey Beltran:

Last month (February 18, 2017) Mitrione and Emelianenko were scheduled to headline Bellator 172 from San Jose, California, however, Mitrione was forced off the card hours before the show began due to kidney stones. Attempts were made to find a last second replacement to fight the Russian, but they were unsuccessful.

It was initially reported that Mitrione would remain the man to welcome Emelianenko to the Bellator brand, but it seems those plans have now changed.

Mitrione is currently undefeated in his Bellator career after racking up back-to-back knockout wins since signing with the promotion. His last defeat came at the hands of Travis Browne in his last fight with the UFC via third round TKO.

Emelianenko is currently on a five-fight win streak since his last loss to Dan Henderson back in Strikeforce in 2011. ‘The Last Emperor’s’ most recent Octagon appearance saw him take home a very controversial majority decision win over Fabio Maldonado in Russia last July. Many thought Emelianenko came up short of the win.

Who do you want to see welcome Emelianenko to Bellator? Should Mitrione retain his position?

  • Murderous1

    Rampage with Fedor would sell a PPV

    • Jess Fenchley

      That would be a great fight to watch, much better than Matt who has no charisma

      • michaelchimique

        charisma has nothing to do with how good a fight will be. clearly you care more about the promotion of the fight than the fight itself.

  • Juan Diablo

    March the Gangster out there- Chael could sell the sht out of this fight. Plus he fits the profile of the guys Fedor fights lately, since Chael is terrible

  • what

    fedor has nothing to prove hes the goat and nobody will do what he did….

  • synyster

    please not beltran that is a high risk low reward fight… Kongo would be boring IMO he doesnt really bring it, these are fun fights for Fedor at this point why waste it on a boring fighter, of the mentioned fighters Rampage is the best option but I think they can do better to be honest all of these are a step down from the Mitrione fight

  • Jess Fenchley

    No, WME is letting Dana ruin the UFC with blatant favoritism and ridiculous fights.

  • buddy

    Fedor’s win over Maldonado was overturned

  • Shock Wave

    Mitrione wouldn’t roll over to give Fedor the easy win. Matt intended to beat the crap outta Fedor, so he backed out.

    Fedor is an over-rated wuss.

  • Goatmember

    False: Fedor Mitrione to Co-Headline Sonnen vs Silva

  • Drago

    “Emelianenko is currently on a five-fight win streak”
    This statement is incorrect, please fix the article.