ROSEMONT, Ill. – MMA fans and experts said before his fight on Saturday against Frank Mir that Fedor Emelianenko is said to have hung up the gloves after his first-round knockout loss to Matt Mitrione in June.
The fighter considered by many as the greatest of all times, he showed these people that he has a lot more in the tank. Emelianenko defeated Mir through the knockout in 48 seconds of the first round at the Allstate Arena to advance to the semi-finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix.
The Saturday fight was almost like the Mitrione fight after Mir Emelianenko had shaken with his right hand. However, I was unable to capitalize, and Emelianenko had enough presence of mind to grab Mir and throw him on the screen. I quickly got to my feet and threw one left and one right hand, but Emelianenko joined with a short right hand, followed by another, left and right.
I came to the front and Emelianenko blew him up with his left hand. Realizing that the end was near, Emelianenko jumped on Me and landed a series of left hands. Referee Mike Beltran finished the fight quickly.
After the fight, Emelianenko's semi-final opponent Chael Sonnen came into the cage and confronted "The Last Emperor".
"I think the only thing I hate more than being right here in Chicago is here with you," Suns told Emelianenko. "I assure you, the next time I am, it will not be long."
It is unknown when Emelianenko and Sunning will fight, but sources have told Sporting News that the plan is for the middle of summer. The win is the first for Emelianenko (37-5) under the Bellator banner. Me (1
Here's what happened at Bellator 198: Fedor vs. Me.
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Bellator 198: Fedor vs. Me Results
11:21: A big round of applause for me, but a thunderous applause for Emelianenko. It's deafening in the arena. Everyone stands. What a moment.
11:17: The most important event of the Bellator 198 is upon us. Fedor Emelianenko will fight Frank Mir in the quarterfinals of the heavyweight Grand Prix. Emelianenko (36-5), who has won four of his last five fights, seems to be withdrawing from the first round of TKO after losing his Bellator debut to Matt Mitrione. Me (18-11) will make his debut as Bellator. He is suspended from a two-year ban following his loss to Mark Hunt in March 2016.
This is a fight between two of the greatest heavyweights ever. Does Emelianenko still have a run for him? Can I get a new life in another promotion? We will find out.
Emmanuel Sanchez wins in the first round against Sam Sicilia to score a probable title shot
10:55: Sanchez defeats Sicilia by subduing (arm-triangle-strangler) at 3:52 first round. We said this fight would only be action and justice. Sanchez and Sicilia exchanged heavy blows from the beginning. With Sicilia against the cage, Sanchez fastened a stanchion of armrests and sacked Sicilia's throat with all he had. He realized he had to fall on his back to keep the hold down, and Sanchez stepped onto the mat. Sicilia had no room left and had no choice but to knock.
This was a great performance by Sanchez and one that would give him a title fight against the winner of Juliennacht between champion Patricio Freire and Daniel Weichel. It's hard to deny a fighter who has won four consecutive fights and seven of his last eight.
There were also four submissions in four matches today. Jiu-Jitsu rules everything. I have never seen this in a main map at a big MMA show.
10:40: Next in the Bellator 198: In feather-light action, Emmanuel Sanchez will fight Sam Sicilia. Sanchez (16-3) has won six of his last seven fights, including three in a row. After losing his last three fights, Sicilia (16-8) returned in December on his debut at the Bellator and defeated Marcos Galvao unanimously. This should be an all-action fight. Both boys love to stand in the middle of the cage and leave everything there. It's a great appetizer before the main event.
Rafael Lovato, Jr. Breaks Gerald Harris & # 39; Arm almost to win a Submissions victory.  10:28: Lovato defeated Harris by submission ( armbar ) at 1:11 of the first round. Harris came out at Lovato and hit him with a flying knee. After Lovato credit, he quickly recovered. After a brief grappling exchange, he was able to turn around, grab Harris' arm, and immediately snap the armbar into place. He almost broke his arm when Harris knocked quickly.
Lovato improves to 8-0, with seven of these wins by submission. He should get the winner of the middleweight title fight at Bellator 200 between champion Rafael Carvalho and Gegard Mousasi. Like Lovato. Jr has made a Babyface promo, as is his dad from the south side of Chicago. The crowd ate it up. More fighters should keep in mind how easy it can be to do a promo.
Three fights, three submissions. Let's see if the run of submissions can go on.
10:15: Rafael Lovato Jr., who appears in the Bellator 198 in a fight at a £ 188 catchweight, faces Gerald Harris. Lovato Jr. is undefeated in seven fights, including his first three fights in Bellator. Recently, Lovato Jr. unanimously defeated Chris Honeycutt in December. Harris (25-5) had retired from the sport and was sitting on his couch eating donuts when Bellator called on Tuesday to ask him to replace the injured John Salter. Initially, Harris said no, but called back a short time later and accepted the fight.
It's a win-win situation for Harris. He comes back to the main stage and even if he loses, Harris will get a lot of credit for accepting the fight.
Neiman Gracie suffocates Javier Torres.
9:56: Gracie def. Torres by submission (arm triangle throttle) at 3:18 of the second round. The first round did not work the way Gracie wanted. He struggled with Torres and when he finally brought him to the mat with about 90 seconds, he did not do much with it. In the second round, Gracie released his hands and propped Torres in the cage. As soon as that happened, Gracie brought Torres to the ground. Then Gracie slowly climbed into the cradle and slid the choke and quickly went to the side control for more pressure. Torres knocked quickly.
A solid victory for Gracie, but showed many holes. His blow improves, but it is still very sloppy. So you can not go ruthless against top opponents. His bottom game is something to see. While you're giving Torres credit for good Jiu-Jitsu defense, someone whose one of the best in the world needs to be crispier.
– Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) April 29, 2018
9:38: Next: Neiman Graces hits Javier Torres in a welterweight position. Gracie is undefeated in seven career bouts, including his last five under the Bellator banner. Torres (10-3) is unbeaten in his last five fights. The name of the game for Gracie is Ji-Jitsu, as he has won his last three fights by submission. This will be his toughest fight so far. Torres & # 39; won four bouts by submission, so Gracie must mess up his attack to win Gracie.
Dillon Danis almost kicks Kyle Walker off to win the MMA debut.
9:25: Danis def. Walker by assist (hold toe) at 1:38 the first round. It did not start well for Danis. Walker was connected with a couple of right hands, but to Danis' merit, he pulled guard and was able to grab Walker's leg and stumble him onto the mat. As soon as the fight hit the ground, Walker was in Danis' world. He grabbed his knee and slid to his feet. A crank of toe and Walker immediately knocked.
– Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) April 29, 2018
That would not have been better for Danis could be. He has to work on his sensation, but showed that he has some of the best ji-jitsu in the world. If Bellator moves him slowly, the Viacom own company will get a new star.
9:15: Dillon Danis arrives at Bellator 198's main map and confronts Kyle Walker in a 175 pound catchweight battle. Danis, the famous Ji Jitsu coach of Conor McGregor, will make his MMA debut. Walker (2-4) enters the fight in a two-fight losing streak. Many in MMA feel that Danis only gets this opportunity in conjunction with the sport's biggest name. He has a chance to refute the doubters, because Walker is supposed to be a showcase for the New Yorker.
9:03: Bellator makes production in the arena better than the UFC. It makes every moment important, even something as simple as the introduction of the main card into the crowd.
8:30: It's nearly time. We are 30 minutes from Bellator 198. The arena is about 80 percent full. Bellator sources have told SN that they expect a sell-out or close to one, and for the show will be the second-highest goal in the history behind last-June's Bellator NYC, which generated $ 1.6 million.
7:30: We are in the Allstate Arena for Bellator 198. Stay locked up; the bells are approaching fast.
– Steven Mühlhausen (@MuehlhausenMMA) April 28, 2018
3pm: We're Approaching the Bellator 198: Fedor Vs. Me. Here was the final episode of the fantastic countdown show that leads to today's fight.
"When he starts turning the switch, it's a completely different Fedor."
– Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 28, 2018
10:15: Hello, fight the fans. Bellator 198 will be held in a few hours from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., Just outside of Chicago. The main event is a Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal match with MMA royalty: former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko vs. two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. We will be in the arena and report on all actions. Stay wedged all day on SN for news on Bellator 198.
Bellator 198 Fight Card
- Fedor Emelianenko v. Frank Mir; Heavyweights
- Emmanuel Sanchez v. Sam Sicilia; Featherweight
- Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. John Salter; Middleweight
- Neiman Gracie against Javier Torres; welterweights
- Dillon Danis vs. Kyle Walker; Catchweight (175 pounds)
- R & M Almond Cameron v P. J. Cajigas; Welterweights
- Dan Stittgen vs. Mark Stoddard; welterweights
- Eric Wisely vs. Morgan Sickinger; Catchweight (150 pounds)
- Matt Paul vs. Brian Booth; Middleweights
- Joey Diehl Vs. Nate Williams; Flyweights
- Tom Shoaff vs. Mike Budnik; Lightweights
- James Bennett vs. Dustin Stusse; Lightweights
- Asef Askar vs. Andrew Johnson; Featherweight
- Corey Jackson v. Adil Benjilany; Featherweight
- Welterweight Tom Angeloff Vs. Sultan Umar; welterweights
- Adam Maciejewski vs. Robert Morrow; Heavyweights
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