Fedor Emelianenko headlines Bellator 172 vs. Matt Mitrione in San Jose in February

After years of wondering if he’d wind up there, heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko is headed to Bellator.

Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will make his Bellator debut on Feb. 18 against Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 172 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

Bellator officials made the announcement during tonight’s Bellator 165 event in San Jose.

Emelianenko signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator, the promotion announced in a release. His fight against Mitrione will be his first in the United States since 2011.

“It’s great to be back in business with Fedor,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated. “The man is a legend both inside and outside of the cage and I’m elated to bring him back Stateside for the American MMA fans to witness him fight Matt Mitrione in San Jose. He and I go quite aways back, and I look forward to continuing to build our partnership here in Bellator MMA.”

via MMA Junkie

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