Bellator is debuting a special “Countdown” special ahead of Saturday’s Bellator 172.
“Countdown to Bellator 172: The G.O.A.T” is a half-hour special that debuts tonight at Spike at midnight ET/PT, and it focuses on headliner and MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Bellator 172 takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and the main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
In the main event, Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former PRIDE and Strikeforce fighter, makes his Bellator debut and meets fellow headliner and former UFC fighter Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).
According to Spike, the “Countdown” special includes a sit-down interview with the reclusive 40-year-old Russian fighter. Notables such as Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, “King Mo” Lawal, Stitch Duran and “Big” John McCarthy were also interviewed about Emelianenko for the feature.
“Countdown” isn’t the only specialty programming for the event; officials recently released a humorous video that looks at Emelianenko’s famed sweater (via Twitter):
The full Bellator 172 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)