Bellator 198 on Saturday Night Features Fedor Emelianenko vs Frank Mir

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By Tom Wilkinson
BETCRIS MMA Bellator 198 Fedor vs Mir

Bellator gets the MMA spotlight this weekend, with Fedor Emelianenko taking on Frank Mir at Bellator 198, as there are no UFC events scheduled. This fight is a Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bout that can be seen on Paramount Network. The co-main event is a featherweight bout between Emmanuel Sanchez and Sam Sicilia. There are five fights on the main card on Paramount Network and 11 fights on the preliminary card on Paramountnetwork.com. Let’s look at the event with a focus on Emelianenko vs. Mir and Bellator picks.

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Frank Mir -160 vs. Fedor Emelianenko

The winner of this fight will move into the semifinals of the heavyweight tournament. Bellator has not had a heavyweight champ since Vitaly Minakov was stripped of the title in 2016. Mir comes into this fight at 18-11 and making his Bellator debut. Mir believes that if he can get past Fedor then he would be a solid favorite to win the heavyweight tournament. It won’t be easy, as Fedor is 36-5 in his career and 0-1 in Bellator. The other main contenders to win this tournament are Chael Sonnen, Ryan Bader, Muhammad Lawal and Matt Mitrione.

Mir said to MMA junkie that he thinks he is the favorite. “I do (think I’m the favorite), especially as a heavyweight,” Mir said, “The guys coming up from light heavyweight don’t have the power to stop these Brazilian jiu-jitsu moves I have. Other heavyweights haven’t been able to stop that, so a light heavyweight is going to have a much more difficult time. Then on my feet I feel very good. I have more first-round finishes in the UFC in the heavyweight division than anyone. So my power, whether it’s knocking people out or submitting people, is huge.”

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Mir said he is not overlooking Emelianenko. Mir also realizes that coming off a long layoff is a concern. “It’s a mixed bag,” Mir said. “Obviously the time off has allowed me to heal up and recuperate and rejuvenate myself as far as getting back enthusiasm for being in the fight world. But the drawback is getting back timing and ring rust. They’re all factors I have to deal with.”

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Bellator Picks

Money has been coming in on Mir, as the line has moved in his direction. I am not sold that Mir is going to win this fight, as I am not sure what we are going to get from him coming off a layoff. I think the better option is the rounds. Mir has said he expects Fedor to come right at him and that the fight won’t go the distance because neither of the two fighters is in shape to go the distance. I agree with Mir, so I will take the rounds to go under the total.

Bellator 198 takes place on Saturday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois featuring Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir. There are five fights on the main card that can be seen on Paramount Network and there are 11 bouts on the preliminary card, which can be seen on Paramountnetwork.com.

Main Card (Paramount Network)

Heavyweight – Frank Mir vs. Fedor Emelianenko

Featherweight – Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Sam Sicilia

Middleweight – Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. John Salter

Welterweight – Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres

Catchweight – Dillon Danis vs. Kyle Walker

Preliminary Card (Paramount Network.com)

Welterweight – R’Mandel Cameron vs. P.J. Cajigas

Welterweight – Dan Stittgen vs. Mark Stoddard

Catchweight – Eric Wisely vs. Morgan Sickinger

Middleweight – Matt Paul vs. Brian Booth

Flyweight – Joey Diehl vs. Nate Williams

Lightweight – Tom Shoaff vs. Mike Budnik

Lightweight – James Bennett vs. Dustin Stusse

Featherweight – Asef Askar vs. Andrew Johnson

Featherweight – Corey Jackson vs. Adil Benjilany

Welterweight – Tom Angeloff vs. Sultan Umar

Heavyweight – Adam Maciejewski vs. Robert Morrow

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