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Fedor is back in Chicago to fight Mir on April 28


The third opening round matchup in 2018’s Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix will feature the greatest heavyweight of all time Fedor Emelianenko (36-5, 1 NC) taking on former world champion Frank Mir (18-11) in Bellator’s return to Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. on Saturday, April 28.

Tickets for the event start at just $30 and are available at the Allstate Arena box office and

The event, presented by Miller Lite, will be broadcast live and free on Paramount Network (formerly Spike) at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on and globally on the Bellator Mobile App.

A former PRIDE champion, “The Last Emperor” is one of the most revered and respected heavyweight fighters the sport has seen. Stone-faced and quiet, Emelianenko boasted one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks in the history of MMA, not losing a bout between 2001 and 2009. A multi-time world champion in MMA and Sambo, Fedor recently returned to the sport after a brief hiatus, accumulating two decisive wins since his return to action and taking on Matt Mitrione in an instant classic at Bellator NYC.

Frank Mir joined Bellator earlier this year following 15 years in the UFC where he became a two-time world champion, collected 16 victories and defeated a who’s who of heavyweight contenders, including Brock Lesnar, “Bigfoot” Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mirko Cro Cop. Fighting out of Las Vegas, Mir set numerous records while competing with his former promotion, highlighted by the most fights (27), victories (16), and submissions (8) in heavyweight history. With 14 of his 18 career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt will now try his hand in Bellator’s heavyweight division.

Fight Card

Main event:

Heavyweight Grand Prix First Round:

Fedor Emelianenko (36-5, 1 NC) vs. Frank Mir (18-11)

Featherweight Co-Main event: Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3) vs. Sam Sicilia (16-8)

Middleweight Feature Fight: John Salter (15-3) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (7-0)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Neiman Gracie (7-0) vs. Javier Torres (10-3)

Catchweight Feature Fight: Dillon Danis (0-0) vs. Kyle Walker (2-4)


Welterweight Prelim Fight: R’Mandel Cameron (4-3) vs. PG Cajigas (6-6)

Welterweight Prelim Fight: Dan Stittgen (12-5) vs. Mark Stoddard (15-9)

Catchweight Prelim Fight: Eric Wisely (27-9-1) vs. Morgan Sickinger (20-10)

Middleweight Prelim Fight: Matt Paul (2-2) vs. Brian Booth (4-3)

Flyweight Prelim Fight: Joey Diehl (11-9) vs. Nate Williams (27-17)

Lightweight Prelim Fight: Tom Shoaff (8-3) vs. Mike Budnik (13-4)

Lightweight Prelim Fight: James Bennett (2-0) vs. Dustin Stusse (0-0)

Featherweight Prelim Fight: Asef Askar (1-0) vs. Andrew Johnson (0-0)

Featherweight Prelim Fight: Corey Jackson (3-0) vs. Adil Benjilany (3-0)

Welterweight Prelim Fight: Tom Angeloff (6-5) vs. Sultan Umar (5-2)

Heavyweight Prelim Fight: Adam Maciejewski (13-6) vs. Robbert Morrow (21-21)

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