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