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Behind the scenes of Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir training camps before Bellator 198


Bellator’s heavyweight tournament will continue in a month when a pair of legends finally meet.

Bellator 198 takes place April 29 in Rosemont, Ill., outside Chicago. In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) will take on former UFC champion Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

Their best days probably are behind them, but Emelianenko and Mir bring some significant name recognition to the bout. Emelianenko, who ruled PRIDE from 2003-2006, will be trying to rebound from a Bellator-debut loss to Matt Mitrione in June 2017. Mir, who had two UFC title stints (one as primary champ and one as an interim titleholder), will make his Bellator debut after a UFC-record 27 fights and 5,727-day tenure.

Currently, Mir (-160) is a small favorite over Emelianenko (+130) at the sports books.

Ahead of the big bout, which will push one of them into the tournament semifinals, Bellator takes us behind the scenes with its latest “Countdown” episode. Check out the video below. Above, listen to MMAjunkie Radio hosts discuss the upcoming Bellator fights, including key tournament bouts.

And for more on Bellator 198, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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