During the Bellator MMA 165 event last Saturday night (Nov. 19, 2016) inside SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion dropped a major bombshell, revealing that Fedor Emelianenko had inked a contract with the Viacom-owned company and would collide with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) standout Matt Mitrione on Feb. 18, 2017.
In an interesting twist, Mitrione stated that he signed his bout agreement “blind,” not knowing “The Last Emperor” would be the man standing in front of him come fight night. Since some may have dismissed that notion, “Meathead” appeared on “The MMA Hour” to confirm that he had no clue he was going to face Emelianenko until that night he shook his hand.
“They approached me and said, ‘We have an interesting concept for you.’ So I said, ‘Okay, what’s that?’ So they said, ‘We’re going to offer you a fight, we have an opponent in mind and we’re not going to tell you who, where or when. But, we think you’re down enough to do it,'” he explained. “So I asked if it was this month, because it was a bit ago, and they said, ‘No.’ So I said I was down as long as it was an opponent worth my time. I was thinking it was going to be Shane Carwin or “Rampage” [Jackson] or [Sergei] Kharitonov.
Needless to say, “Meathead” was pleased to find out his gamble paid off.
As for why Mitrione would take a gamble and sign a fight contract without a name attached to it, he simply stated he believes in his ability to beat anyone. As far as prior rumors that a fight between the two Heavyweight veterans was in the works, “Meathead” says he didn’t give it to much thought because Emelianenko is infamous for being ….View full article
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