Bellator 172: Fedor vs Mitrione
Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione could be one of the most important cards in the history of the company. The main event comes from the heavyweight division as Fedor Emelianenko fights in the United States for the first time since 2011. He will take on Matt Mitrone, while fellow heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Oli Thompson will also be on the main card.
Event: Bellator 172: Fedor vs Mitrione
Date: Saturday, February 18th, 2017; 9:00 PM ET (Main Card)
Location: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
TV: Spike TV (Main Card); Spike.com (Prelims)
How To Bet On Bellator
When you’re betting on Bellator, you’ll have a favorite and an underdog in each fight. The underdog will be shown by a positive sign, so something like +180. That means you would wager $100 to win $180. Then you have the favorite, which will be shown by a negative sign, so the odds could be -150. That means you would wager $150 to win $100. You don’t have to bet in $100 increments but this just explains how the odds and payouts work, so that everyone can clearly understand after a quick glance at the numbers.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione – Heavyweight
Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) retired in 2012, but came back for a submission win over Singh Jaideep in December 2015, and then a controversial majority decision over Fabio Maldonado in June. Mitrione (11-5) has knockout wins over Thompson and Carl Seumanutafa since coming to Bellator, and he is dangerous because he fought three times in 2016. Emelianenko fought once and did not look good, especially early. Emelianenko will go down as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time in any division (and arguably he greatest heavyweight to ever fight), but he might simply be past his best, or past what he needs to be to beat Mitrione, unless he can get him to the mat.
Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson – Heavyweight
Kongo (25-10-2) has won three straight, including a majority decision over Tony Johnson in September, while Thompson (17-9) had a five-fight win streak brought to a halt by Mitrione in July. Thompson is a former strongman, but he has six submission wins to his credit and if the fight goes to the mat, Kongo could be in a lot of trouble. That being said, Kongo is one of the toughest fighters in the world and it takes a lot to stop him, and Kongo, who won the Season 9 Tournament, will find a way to pull this one out as well.
Adam Piccolotti vs. Brent Primus – Lightweight
A battle of two undefeated fighters might turn out to be the best match on the card as Piccolotti (9-0) takes on Primus (7-0), and both are black belts in Brazilian ji-jitsu, which means things could get very interesting if the fight goes to the mat. The edge could go to the fighter that has the best striking, and Piccolotti has two knockout wins to one for Primus, who can definitely handle himself in the striking exchanges. There is a lot at stake in this intriguing lightweight bout, but give the slightest of edges to Piccolotti.
Full Fight Card
|Main Card (Spike TV)|
|Heavyweight||Fedor Emelianenko||Matt Mitrione|
|Heavyweight||Cheick Kongo||Oli Thompson|
|Lightweight||Adam Piccolotti||Brent Primus|
|Preliminary Card (Spike.com)|
|Welterweight||James Terry||David Douglas|
|Lightweight||Nikko Jackson||Cesar Gonzalez|
|Featherweight||Juan Cardenas||Luis Vargas|
|Welterweight||Danasabe Mohammed||Carlos Rocha|
|Flyweight||Anthony Do||Bobby Escalante|
|Flyweight||Matt Ramirez||Jeremy Murphy|
|Lightweight||J.J. Okanovich||Paradise Vaovasa|
|Featherweight||Justin Tenedora||Roque Reyes|