ROSEMONT, IL – Heading into his essential occasion bout towards Frank Mir, MMA followers and pundits felt that Fedor Emelianenko ought to have hung up the gloves after his first-spherical knockout loss to Matt Mitrione in June.
The fighter who many regard as the best of all-time confirmed he has lots extra within the tank defeated Mir by TKO at zero:forty eight of the primary spherical to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.
It virtually performed out just like the Mitrione struggle as Mir rocked Emelianenko with a proper hand. Mir wasn’t capable of capitalize as the previous Satisfaction heavyweight champion had sufficient thought to get ahold of Mir and throw him right down to the canvas. The previous two-time UFC heavyweight champion shortly made it again to his ft and threw a left and proper hand. Emelianenko although related on a brief proper hand adopted by one other left and proper hand.
Mir got here lunging ahead and Emelianenko blasted Mir with a left hand to faceplant Mir. Emelianenko realizing the top was close to, jumped on prime of Mir and landed a collection of left palms and referee Mike Beltran put a cease to the battle.
After the battle ended, Emelianenko’s semi-ultimate opponent Chael Sonnen got here into the ring and confronted “The Final Emperor”.
“I feel the one factor I hate greater than being proper right here in Chicago is being in right here with you,” Sonnen stated to Emelianenko. “I guarantee you the subsequent time i’m, it won’t be for lengthy.”
It’s unknown when Emelianenko and Sonnen will struggle however sources have informed Sporting Information the plan is for the center of the summer time.
The win is the primary for Emelianenko (37-5) beneath the Bellator banner whereas Mir (18-12) suffers his first loss within the promotion
Here’s what occurred at Bellator 198 Fedor vs. Mir.
(All occasions are Japanese.)
Bellator 198 outcomes
eleven:21: An incredible ovation for Mir, however a thunderous ovation for Emelianenko. It is deafening contained in the Allstate Area. Everyone seems to be standing. What a second!
eleven:17: The primary occasion of Bellator 198 is upon as Fedor Emelianenko battles Frank Mir within the quarterfinals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix. Emelianenko (36-5) whose gained 4 of his final 5 fights, seems to be to rebound after dropping his Bellator debut to Matt Mitrione by first-spherical TKO. Mir (18-eleven) might be making his Bellator debut is coming off a two-yr suspension after his loss to Mark Hunt in March 2016.
It is a struggle between two of the best heavyweights of all-time. Does Emelianenko have yet one more run in him? Can Mir have a brand new lease on life in a unique promotion? We’re about to seek out out.
Emmanuel Sanchez wins by first-spherical submission over Sam Sicilia to internet probably title shot
10:fifty five: Sanchez def. Sicilia by submission (arm-triangle choke) at three:fifty two of the primary spherical. We stated this might be all-motion and it lived as much as the billing. Sanchez and Sicilia traded heavy photographs from the outset. With Sicilia towards the cage, Sanchez secured a standing arm-triangle and was squeezing Sicilia’s neck with every little thing he had. Realizing he wanted to drop to his again and to safe the maintain deeper, Sanchez went right down to mat and Sicilia had no approach to go and had no selection however to faucet out.
A fantastic efficiency by Sanchez and one that ought to internet him a title shot towards the winner of champion Patricio Freire and Daniel Weichel in July. Arduous to disclaim somebody whose gained 4 consecutive fights and 7 of their final eight.
4 fights, 4 submissions. Ji-Jitsu is reigning supreme this night. Have by no means seen this in a essential card at a serious MMA present.
10:forty: Arising subsequent at Bellator 198, within the featherweight motion, Emmanuel Sanchez fights Sam Sicilia. Sanchez (sixteen-three) has gained six of his final seven fights together with three in row. After dropping his final three fights, Sicilia (sixteen-eight) acquired again on monitor in his Bellator debut in December by defeating Marcos Galvao by unanimous choice. This must be an all-motion battle. Each guys love standing in the midst of the cage and leaving all of it in there. A terrific appetizer earlier than the primary occasion.
Rafael Lovato Jr. almost breaks Gerald Harris’ arm to earn submission victory
10:28: Lovato Jr. def. Harris by submission (armbar) at 1:eleven of the primary spherical. Harris got here out weapons blazing, operating at Lovato Jr. and nailed him with a flying knee. To Lovato Jr.’s credit score, he shortly recovered. After a brief grappling trade, he was capable of roll over, take Harris’ arm and instantly locked within the armbar and almost broke it as Harris tapped out shortly.Rafael Lovato Jr. faucets out Gerald Harris
Lovato Jr. runs his report to eight-zero with seven of these wins by submission. He ought to get the winner of the middleweight title battle at Bellator 200 between champion Rafael Carvalho and Gegard Mousasi. Like how Lovato. Jr reduce a babyface promo on how his dad is from the south aspect of Chicago. The gang ate it up. Extra fighters ought to take discover of how straightforward it may be to do a promo.
Three fights, three submissions. Let’s examine if the run of submissions can proceed.
10:15: Arising at Bellator 198, in a catchweight battle of 188 kilos, Rafael Lovato Jr. takes on Gerald Harris. Lovato Jr. is undefeated in seven fights together with his first three fights in Bellator. Most just lately, Lovato Jr. defeated Chris Honeycutt by unanimous determination in December. Harris (25-5) had retired from the game and was sitting on his sofa consuming doughnuts when Bellator referred to as on Tuesday to ask him to exchange the injured John Salter. Initially, Harris stated no, however referred to as again a short while later and took the bout.
It is a win-win for Harris. He will get again onto the primary stage and even when he loses, Harris will get lots of credit score for accepting the struggle.
Neiman Gracie chokes out Javier Torres
9:fifty six: Gracie def. Torres by submission (arm triangle choke) at three:18 of the second spherical. The primary spherical did not go the best way Gracie needed it to go. He struggled taking Torres down and when he lastly did get him to the mat with about ninety seconds left, he did not do an excessive amount of with it. Within the second spherical, Gracie let his arms go and backed Torres up into the cage. As soon as that occurred, Gracie obtained Torres right down to the bottom. Then Gracie slowly received into mount after which slid the choke on and shortly went to aspect management to use extra strain. Torres shortly tapped out.
Strong win for Gracie however confirmed a whole lot of holes. His hanging improved nevertheless it’s nonetheless very sloppy. Can’t go in reckless like that towards prime competitors. His floor recreation is one thing to observe. When you give Torres credit score for good ji-jitsu protection, somebody whose the most effective on the earth must be extra crisp.
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— Fancy Fight (@FancyCombat) April 29, 2018
9:38: Up subsequent at Bellator 198, in welterweight motion, Neiman Graces goes up towards Javier Torres. Gracie is undefeated in seven profession fights together with his final 5 beneath the Bellator banner. Torres (10-three) is available in unbeaten in his final 5 fights. The secret for Gracie is ji-jitsu as he is gained his final three bouts by submission. This will probably be his hardest battle thus far. Torres’ gained 4 fights by submission so for Gracie to win, he will have to combine up his assault.
Dillon Danis almost snaps Kyle Walker’s foot off to win MMA debut
9:25: Danis def. Walker by submission (toe maintain) at 1:38 of the primary spherical. It did not begin nicely for Danis. Walker related on a pair proper arms, however to Danis’ credit score, he pulled guard and was capable of seize Walker’s leg and journey him to the mat. As soon as the battle obtained to the bottom, Walker was in Danis’ world. He grabbed the knee and slid right down to the foot. A crank of the toe and Walker instantly tapped out.
Dillon Danis vs Kyle Walker #Bellator198 pic.twitter.com/Gw0LTIPBnp
— Fancy Fight (@FancyCombat) April 29, 2018
That could not have gone any higher for Danis. He must work on his putting however confirmed he has a number of the greatest ji-jitsu on the earth. If Bellator strikes him alongside slowly, the Viacom-owned firm could have a brand new star.
9:15: Kicking off foremost card of Bellator 198, in a catchweight battle at one hundred seventy five kilos, Dillon Danis faces Kyle Walker. Danis, the famed ji-jitsu coach of Conor McGregor might be making his MMA debut. Walker (2-four) comes into the battle on a two-struggle dropping streak. Many in MMA really feel Danis is just getting this chance by affiliation with the most important identify within the sport. He will get an opportunity to show the doubters improper as Walker is designed to be a showcase for the New York native.
9:03: Seeing the manufacturing inside the world, Bellator does it higher than the UFC. Makes each second really feel essential even one thing so simple as the introduction of the primary card to the gang.
eight:30: It is virtually time as we’re half-hour away from Bellator 198. The world is about eighty% full. Bellator sources have informed SN they anticipate both a promote-out or fairly shut to at least one and for the present to be the second highest gate in historical past behind final June’s Bellator NYC, which generated $1.6 million.
7:30: We’re on the Allstate Area for Bellator 198. Keep locked in as bell time is quick approaching.
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three:00 p.m.: We’re inching nearer to Bellator 198: Fedor vs. Mir. Right here was the ultimate episode of the implausible countdown present main into tonight’s struggle.
“When he begins flippin’ the change it’s an entire totally different Fedor.”
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10:15 a.m.: Howdy, battle followers, I am Steven Muehlhausen of Sporting Information. In a number of hours, Bellator 198 will happen from the Allstate Area in Rosemont, IL, proper outdoors Chicago. The primary occasion includes a Bellator heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal matchup between MMA royalty as former Satisfaction heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko takes on former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. We can be inside the world giving offering you with all of the motion. Keep locked into SN all day lengthy for news on Bellator 198 as we strategy bell time of 9:00 p.m.
Bellator 198 struggle card
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir; Heavyweight
- Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Sam Sicilia; Featherweight
- Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. John Salter; Middleweight
- Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres; Welterweight
- Dillon Danis vs. Kyle Walker; Catchweight (one hundred seventy five lbs)
- R’Mandel Cameron vs. P. J. Cajigas; Welterweight
- Dan Stittgen vs. Mark Stoddard; Welterweight
- Eric Correctly vs. Morgan Sickinger; Catchweight (one hundred fifty lbs)
- Matt Paul vs. Brian Sales space; Middleweight
- Joey Diehl vs. Nate Williams; Flyweight
- Tom Shoaff vs. Mike Budnik; Light-weight
- James Bennett vs. Dustin Stusse; Light-weight
- Asef Askar vs. Andrew Johnson; Featherweight
- Corey Jackson vs. Adil Benjilany; Featherweight
- Welterweight Tom Angeloff vs. Sultan Umar; Welterweight
- Adam Maciejewski vs. Robert Morrow; Heavyweight
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