Bellator 208 took place on Long Island, New York on Saturday night, and in the main event fans witnessed Fedor Emelianenko TKO Chael Sonnen to clinch a spot in the heavyweight tournament final against Ryan Bader on January 26th, 2019 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Also featured on the card was a unanimous decision win for Benson Henderson over Saad Awad, a KO win for Cheick Kongo over Timothy Johnson, a comfortable decision for Anatoly Tokov over fellow Russian and ex-Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, and a third-round KO for featherweight contender Henry Corrales against Andy Main.
You can watch the main card highlights at the top of the page (via MMAjunkie).
Here’s Tim Burke’s commentary for the main event:
Round 1 – Chael comes forward right away. Fedor drops him with the first punch of the fight! He lets Chael up. He wades in and gets clipped again. He ends up on his back but gets up. Fedor swats Sonnen away on a takedown attempt. After an exchange, Chael tries another takedown but Fedor sambo throws him and ends up on top! He’s in half guard. He steps out and lets him up. Sonnen charges forward but get his with a hip toss. Sonnen dives on an ankle and takes Fedor’s back. He slips off though and Fedor cracks him with punches! He looks like he’s in trouble, but he wraps Fedor up. Fedor passes to side. He stands up again. Weird. Sonnen lands a left. Another lands partially. Fedor misses and Chael takes him down. He’s in half. Sonnen isn’t doing anything here, just controlling. He stepped over into mount but got swept in the process! Fedor is now in Chael’s full guard, but he stands up. Chael tries to come up and Fedor cracks him. He’s all over him on the ground with punches! Sonnen is just turtling! The ref steps in! FEDOR IS GOING TO THE FINALS!
Fedor Emelianenko defeated Chael Sonnen via TKO (strikes), 4:46 of round 1