In June 2017 after Bellator NYC, Chael Sonnen told a pool of reporters that he thinks he’ll cross paths with Fedor Emelianenko sooner or later.
Well, that time is upon us, as Sonnen faces Emelianenko in a heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout at NYCB Live in Uniondale, New York, on Saturday, Oct. 13. The victor will face the winner of the Ryan Bader-Matt Mitrione fight from Bellator 207 the day before.
Sonnen recently referred to Fedor as his “most dangerous” opponent yet, while speaking with Sporting News as part of a media conference call.
“Yeah, I think he is the most dangerous [opponent],” Sonnen said. “He’s not the most dynamic. I’ve dealt with guys who could maybe do a little bit more in some more positions. But yeah … he is the most likely to put old Chael to sleep as anyone I’ve ever been in there with.”
Sonnen (31-15-1) advanced to the grand prix semifinal after defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via unanimous decision at Bellator 192 in January. Emelianenko (37-5-1 NC) secured his spot in the semifinal after scoring a first-round TKO of Frank Mir at Bellator 198 in April.
Here’s everything you need to know about Bellator 208.
Bellator 208 date, start time
Bellator 208 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13. The main card will begin at 9 p.m. ET
How to watch Bellator 208
The entire Bellator 208 fight card is streaming on DAZN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, and the main card airs on Paramount Network.
Bellator 208 fight card
Fedor Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) vs. Chael Sonnen (30-15-1); Heavyweight world grand prix main event
Benson Henderson (25-8) vs. Saad Awad (23-9); Lightweight co-main event
Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) vs. Timothy Johnson (12-4); Heavyweight
Alexander Shlemenko (56-11, 1 NC) vs. Anatoly Tokov (26-2); Middleweight
Henry Corrales (15-3) vs. Andy Main (12-3-1, 1 NC); Featherweight
Robson Gracie (Pro Debut) vs. Jamal Pottinger (Pro Debut); 175-Pound Catchweight
Jennifer Chieng (Pro Debut) vs. Jessica Ruiz (Pro Debut); Women’s Strawweight
Shaquan Moore (Pro Debut) vs. David Meshkhoradze (Pro Debut); Welterweight
Sukhrob Aydarbekov (5-3) vs. Tommy Espinosa (5-1); Flyweight
Jerome Mickle (3-6) vs. Nick Fiore (2-3); Lightweight
Frank Buenafuente (9-4) vs. James Gonzalez (4-3); Featherweight
Eric Olsen (0-1) vs. Jeremy Puglia (0-1); Middleweight
Ryan Castro (0-1) vs. Dennis Buzukja (Pro Debut); Lightweight
Mike Diorio (1-2) vs. Drews Rodriguez (Pro Debut); Welterweight
Christian Medina (0-1) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (0-1); Flyweight