Fedor-Mitrione Rebooked for Bellator PPV
Yesterday Bellator announced that they would be holding just their second pay-per-view show in promotion history when they come to Madison Square Garden on June 11, in a show headlined by Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva.
Now another big fight has bee announced as the co-main event: Fedor Emelianenko will take on Matt Mitrione in a heavyweight fight.
The fight between Fedor and Mitrione had been first set as the main event of a Bellator card last month, but Mitrione was forced from the fight a mere hours before the event due to kidney stones.
Like Sonnen, Emelianenko is one of the biggest free agent signings in Bellator’s history. Considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time, Fedor will look to recapture the magic of his PRIDE days against UFC vet Mitrione.
“I’m so excited to come back to the East Coast and compete again. I spent two years with the New York Giants, all my family is out there and I’m ecstatic that they will get to be there and watch me punch the greatest heavyweight of all time in the face,” Mitrione told the New York Post. “Not to mention, it’s just the cherry on top that it’s at MSG, the mecca of combat sports.”
The event will be the first Bellator has run in New York since the state legalized MMA. The card is also expected to host the promotional debut of newly-signed light heavyweight Ryan Bader, who could fight 205-pound champion Phil Davis at the show.