Fedor vs Mir Live Stream : Fedor vs Mir takes place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. This weekend (Sat., April 28, 2018) as an old Pride FC legend returns to Bellator after being finished by Matt Mitrione last year in New York. To return to his winning ways, though, he’ll have to face another former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter — and former champion — Frank Mir in the night’s main event. No matter who wins, only one man can advance in the Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Saturday, Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) might be able to chase some of those questions away when he fights Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the Bellator 198 main event at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago.
When Emelianenko was ruling as PRIDE’s heavyweight champion, Mir won the UFC’s heavyweight title in 2004, then its interim heavyweight belt in 2008. A fight between the two is one hardcore fans were pining for more than a dozen years ago. Now it finally will happen under the Bellator banner as part of the promotion’s ongoing heavyweight tournament. The winner will advance to a fight against Chael Sonnen in the semifinals.
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Mir is in a much more difficult position than his opponent. He got knocked out twice in 2016 — once by Mark Hunt and once by USADA for an anti-doping violation from the fight. He tried to blame eating Kangaroo meat for his problems to no avail, earning a two-year suspension from fighting. Thankfully for Mir, the suspension was retroactive to the date of his test failure, so when he signed with Bellator in 2017 he knew he’d be eligible to fight again by April 2018. Hence why this fight was made. The problem is that he now has to prove himself all over again after a long, two-year layoff from combat sports.
“Frank Mir is a remarkable and strong fighter, and I’m very happy to fight him,” Emelianenko told USA TODAY Sports. “This was a fight I was looking for for some time, as well. There was a time he was one of the best fighters, so he occupied the top of the rankings. During my career, I watched his fights, and I followed his career. I’m quite aware of his fights.”
But when it comes to wondering about his legacy as one of the all-time greats, Emelianenko falls back on his humility.
“The main thing for me is that I would like be remembered by fans not as a fighter, but as a person – as a Russian Orthodox person,” Emelianenko said. “I don’t think about what I haven’t done yet. Certainly, I’d love to win the tournament, because that will add to the prestige of my country.”
Mir will come into the fight as a slight favorite despite returning from a layoff in excess of two years thanks to a failed drug test for a banned steroid after his final fight in the UFC in March 2016.
But he isn’t worrying about his own legacy much, either. Mir does acknowledge a fight with “The Last Emperor” is one that will mean something not just to fans, but to him, as well.