Beasts in the East: Bellator 207 and 208

Beasts in the East: Bellator 207 and 208


The heavyweight tournament for Bellator MMA is down to the final four, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen and Ryan Bader vs. Matt Mitrione. The first fight, Friday night at The Mohegan Sun Arena has Mitrione and Bader headline the Bellator 207 card and Emelianenko and Sonnen Saturday night in New York at the Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Long Island at Bellator 208. Greatness in the Bellator heavyweight division is on the line this weekend in east coast MMA.

Bader and Mitrione has a striker versus grappler scenario on deck in Connecticut and while Bader seems to be the favorite to advance past Mitrione Friday night, but Mitrione’s experience as a heavyweight along with his reach advantage makes the fight hard to call. During the open workouts Mitrione said he had focused on wrestling in preparation for Bader and that may come into play if Bader can avoid the long reach of Mitrione.

When discussing the heavyweight division, power is always in the conversation and no one knows this better than Sonnen. All media leading up to his fight on Saturday with Emelianenko, Sonnen has acknowledged that it can only take one right hand from “The Last Emperor” to end the fight. However, Sonnen knows that fighting is comparable to chess and if he has to play a long game to defeat the Russian heavyweight, he will do just that and try to out maneuver a bigger man.

The fight for the title has already been scheduled for January, 26 in 2019 at The Forum in Inglewood and right now in the final quarter of 2018 it is any man’s fight.

Bellator 207: Mitrione vs. Bader Main Card:


Heavyweight World Grand Prix Main Event: Matt Mitrione (13-5) vs. Ryan Bader (25-5)


Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Roy Nelson (23-15) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (27-6, 1 NC)


Welterweight World Grand Prix Alternate Bout: Lorenz Larkin (19-7, 1 NC) vs. Ion Pascu (18-8)


Lightweight Main Card Bout: Baby Slice (3-1) vs. Corey Browning (3-2)


Lightweight Main Card Bout: Carrington Banks (7-1) vs. Mandel Nallo (6-0)




Preliminary Card:


Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Mike Kimbel (1-0) vs. Alex Potts (1-0)


Women’s Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Sinead Kavanagh (5-2) vs. Janay Harding (3-4)


177-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Andre Fialho (9-1) vs. Javier Torres (10-4, 1 NC)


Women’s Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Kristi Lopez (2-0-1) vs. Sarah Click (1-2)


Women’s Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Lisa Blaine (2-0) vs. Alexandra Ballou (Pro Debut)


Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kastriot Xhema (2-1, 1 NC) vs. Pat Casey (3-0)


Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nicholas Giulietti (Pro Debut) vs. Alex Ortiz (1-0)


Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Sean Lally (8-3) vs. Kemran Lachinov (6-2)


Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Tim Caron (9-2) vs. Vinicius de Jesus (5-2)




Bellator 208: Fedor vs. Sonnen Main Card:


Heavyweight World Grand Prix Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) vs. Chael Sonnen (30-15-1)


Lightweight Co-Main Event: Benson Henderson (25-8) vs. Saad Awad (23-9)


Heavyweight Main Card Bout: Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) vs. Timothy Johnson (12-4)


Middleweight Main Card Bout: Alexander Shlemenko (56-11, 1 NC) vs. Anatoly Tokov (26-2)


Featherweight Main Card Bout: Henry Corrales (15-3) vs. Andy Main (12-3-1, 1 NC)




Preliminary Card:


175-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Robson Gracie (Pro Debut) vs. Jamal Pottinger (Pro Debut)


Women’s Strawweight Preliminary Bout: Jennifer Chieng (Pro Debut) vs. Jessica Ruiz (Pro Debut)


Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Shaquan Moore (Pro Debut) vs. David Meshkhoradze (Pro Debut)


Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Sukhrob Aydarbekov (5-3) vs. Tommy Espinosa (5-1)


Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jerome Mickle (3-6) vs. Nick Fiore (2-3)


Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Buenafuente (9-4) vs. James Gonzalez (4-3)


Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Eric Olsen (0-1) vs. Jeremy Puglia (0-1)


Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Ryan Castro (0-1) vs. Dennis Buzukja (Pro Debut)


Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Mike Diorio (1-2) vs. Drews Rodriguez (Pro Debut)


Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Christian Medina (0-1) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (0-1)

Feature Photo: Ed Carabajal

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