Bellator 172: "Fedor vs. Mitrione" occurs the next day evening (Sat., Feb. 18, 2017) at SAP Middle in San Jose, Florida. Having last battled in the U. s. Declares nearly six decades back again, "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko is looking to create a huge effect against "Meathead" He Mitrione and level his 6th directly win stay in Raise TV's top level of the evening.
The assisting throw contains a couple of Lightweights who would like to generate a tournament taken against Eileen Tempe, as well as a couple of Heavyweights with their own ambitions within the Bellator crate, such as one of Mitrione's former enemies.
Let's crack it down:
265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. He Mitrione (11-5)
It's challenging not to get looking forward to the concept of this battle -- the scene of seeing Emelianenko come back to Northern The united states the very new in a half-decade -- and he comes into the top level on a five-fight win capability. That capability has not been without debate though, along with a latest battle with Fabio Maldonado where a assess was shot after showing gain the battle for Emelianenko without realizing he was nearly carried out in the first circular. Actually if he was anybody other than "The Last Emperor" the battle could quickly have been ceased ... but it was not.
That's not the only factor that tarnishes the throne of the once prominent High quality tale. His unbroken win capability from 2001 to 2009 should not be neglected. He defeat actual competitors during his era -- titles like Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Mirko Cro Cop, Indicate Search and Andrei Arlovski just to name a few. The issue was (and is) that Emelianenko has always been little for a High quality at 5'11," 235 weight, with a 74.5" achieve. This defect was lastly revealed in Strikeforce when he was presented by the 6'4" Fabricio Werdum and completed by the gigantic "Bigfoot" Silva in back-to-back battles. When the marketing noticed its error and offered him a guy his dimension in Dan Henderson, he got broken out AGAIN via H-Bomb.
That was the last battle lovers saw Emelianenko in the Declares for a while. Ever since then, he's battled specifically in Russian federation and Asia, getting a three-year crack during that period for a self-imposed pension. And as he's now approaching 41 and had a really bad circular with Maldonado, we need to look at the Emelianenko of 2017 with much different sight -- ones that are still well-mannered, but also careful of his weaknesses.
The same can be said of He Mitrione, though. He's no springtime poultry at 38, either, and while he's got an important dimension benefits at 6'3" and 254 weight, Fedor used to overcome bigger competitors consistently in his primary. Furthermore, even though Mitrione is unbeaten in Bellator, he, too, helped from a umpire who would not quit a battle. Had Mitrione not gotten such an overdue begin in his MMA profession, there's no informing how far he could have gone in UFC, but even now "Meathead" creates errors skilled competitors would not, depending on his center and will to help him out in bad circumstances. Sometimes that performs ... and sometimes it does not.
UFC was willing to cut Mitrione because he was too unreliable and at periods too careless to get rid of through to the top echelon of the department. In Bellator's High quality department, he's a much bigger seafood in a more compact lake, and a win over Emelianenko is exactly the stepping-stone he needs to turn to the top quality toward declaring the empty High quality headline. It's to not see a win creating superfight with Bobby Lashley or a rematch with Cheick Kongo offered the latter victories as well. Point in reality, it's hard to see Mitrione not successful if he uses his dimension and achieve properly. Provided that he keeps Emelianenko at variety the battle is his.
Final prediction: He Mitrione steps the most important ko win of his career
155 lbs.: Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) vs. Patricky Freire (16-8)
Josh "The Punk" Thomson is looking for a battle with Light and portable champ Eileen Tempe, but he's going to have to hold back a little bit more time. Status in his way is the man who missing a battle to Tempe at "Dynamite 2" in St. Louis to top a new champ for the empty buckle. Thomson is looking for his third directly win since moving to Bellator in his third directly overall look at SAP Middle, so the San Jose local will definitely have the group on his part. Freire is not to be taken gently, though, with 10 out of 16 victories arriving by way of ko. Still, when you think of the older Freire, you will naturally realize that he tends to are unsuccessful of headline argument after stringing two or three victories together. I anticipate the same here.
Final prediction: Josh Thomson victories the co-main occasion via triangular choke
265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9)
Speaking of "The Night," here is these Kongo, owner of a profession win over Mitrione at UFC 137. Kongo has been battling in Bellator more time, though, going 7-2 over his last nine battles, currently driving a three-fight win capability toward possible headline argument. The only imperfections within the Bellator crate are a divided choice reduction to Muhammed Lawal and his past headline taken against Vitaly Minakov. Despite those difficulties, it's hard to claim any High quality in Bellator has been better over the same duration of your efforts and effort preserve for Bobby Lashley.
"The Spartan" Oli Thompson will look to receive himself after a challenging reduction to Mitrione in London, uk, but the jury's still out on whether the former owner of "Britain's Most powerful Man" is up to the process of experiencing outstanding competitors, having also missing both of his UFC battles in a brief stint there. While his five directly victories in 2015 were amazing, they were against almost nobody you've probably observed of except perhaps pro wrestler Ikuhisa Minowa a/k/a "Minowaman." Being the best outside of the crate does not mean you're the best within of it.
If Thompson were a much young man I might trim his way, but even at four decades Kongo's young (37 to 41), I can't see that being enough to compensate for the other differences. Kongo uses every bit of his 6'4" dimension and 82" achieve to his benefits, which makes it extremely hard competitors to tag him, then pulling them to the floor and humbling them through their in order to tremble him off. Some men could get over quitting three inches wide high and seven inches wide in achieve, but Thompson basically can't get over Kongo's encounter advantage. While Thompson has been battling pro wrestlers not known as Bobby Lashley, successful some and dropping some, Kongo's been in there with the best both Bellator and UFC had to provide. Even if you don't discover him interesting, his capability to win against the best is confirmed, and Thompson's just not.
Final prediction: Cheick Kongo ratings another choice victory
170 lbs.: Josh Koscheck (17-10) vs. Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC)
Koscheck was twice planned to deal with John Daley and twice it dropped through, so for him to be introduced in now Bellator must be fairly sure he's going to win now around. The down sides are several, though -- a nearly two-year lay off from battling, and five directly failures in UFC where each and every Welterweight he knowledgeable seemed to eat his lunchtime. What's promising for Koscheck is that Alonso is a poor quality Brazil martial artist who missing his only Bellator battle thus far to Chip Pica at "Dynamite 1" in this location. Additionally, 50 % of his victories (six of 12) have come by choice, so if he wants to smash he'll drop directly into the wheelhouse of Koscheck as a four-time All-American, which one can believe is why they reserved it