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ASIA, 24 APRIL 2018 – The third opening round matchup in 2018’s Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix will feature the greatest heavyweight of all time Fedor Emelianenko  (36-5, 1 NC) taking on former world champion Frank Mir (18-11) in Bellator’s return to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. on Saturday, April 28.


The event will air live on Paramount Channel on 29 April, Sunday at 8am (TH), and 9am (MY), with a same day primetime repeat telecast at 9pm (TH) and 10pm (MY). It will also air on MTV Asia and MTVph in the “MTV Presents: Bellator MMA on Paramount Channel” block on 4 May, Friday at 10.20pm (WIB), 11.20pm (SG / PH) and 12.20am (MY – 5 May, Saturday).


A former PRIDE champion, “The Last Emperor” is one of the most revered and respected heavyweight fighters the sport has seen. Stone-faced and quiet, Emelianenko boasted one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks in the history of MMA, not losing a bout between 2001 and 2009. A multi-time world champion in MMA and Sambo, Fedor recently returned to the sport after a brief hiatus, accumulating two decisive wins since his return to action and taking on Matt Mitrione in an instant classic at Bellator NYC.


Frank Mir joined Bellator earlier this year following 15 years in the UFC where he became a two-time world champion, collected 16 victories and defeated a who’s who of heavyweight contenders, including Brock Lesnar, “Bigfoot” Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mirko Mir set numerous records while competing with his former promotion, highlighted by the most fights (27), Cro Cop. Fighting out of Las Vegas, victories (16), and submissions (8) in heavyweight history. With 14 of his 18 career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt will now try his hand in Bellator’s heavyweight division.


Updated Fight Card:

Heavyweight Grand Prix First Round: Fedor Emelianenko (36-5-0) vs. Frank Mir (18-11-0)

Featherweight Co-Main Event: Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3-0) vs. Sam Sicilia (16-8-0)

Middleweight Feature Fight: John Salter (15-3-0) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (7-0-0)

Welterweight feature fight: Neiman Gracie (7-0-0) vs. Javier Torres (10-3-0)

Catchweight feature fight: Dillon Danis (0-0-0) vs. Kyle Walker (2-4-0)






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