Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko Clash of the Titans
Bellator’s heavyweight tournament continues this Saturday at Bellator 198. Former UFC champion Frank Mir faces former Pride Fighting Championships champion Fedor Emelianenko and only one can advance in when it’s over. The main card is packed with a lot of talent but when a main event of this magnitude is set to close the evening, it’s hard not to speculate on who advances to the next round.
There was a lot said at the final press conference about strategy, experience, preparation and timing regarding the two men in the main event. The thing about the fight game; the actual fight when the bell rings and the two men stand across from one another is no matter what happened before they go the game starts right then and there. Fighting, boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu always gets compared to a game of chess and the first move gives away information to the opponent that will have to dictate a response.
Mir and Emelianenko have a lot of matches between them that are both wins and losses. Lessons learned and new strategies to employ when things don’t go as planned for either man will likely be a surprise to both men. Mir’s grappling has been long known as his strength and Emelianenko’s power has always seemingly come out of nowhere when he finished opponents. The comments about the fight happening too late in their careers do not matter, because on Saturday night two of the most dominant heavyweights will put years of experience to the test and only one can move closer the title the tournament is designed for.
You would be mad to try to predict this fight, and more so if you miss it.
Complete Bellator 198 Main Card:
Heavyweight Grand Prix First Round: Fedor Emelianenko (36-5, 1 NC) vs. Frank Mir (18-11)
Featherweight Co-Main Event: Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3) vs. Sam Sicilia (16-8)
Middleweight Main Card Bout: Gerald Harris (25-5) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (7-0)
Welterweight Main Card Bout: Neiman Gracie (7-0) vs. Javier Torres (10-3)
175-Pound Catchweight Main Card Bout: Dillon Danis (Pro Debut) vs. Kyle Walker (2-4)