This is the first appearance of a Russian champion in the ring after a controversial win over Maldonado in June
Fedor, Emelianenko TASS Valery sharifulin
American organization Bellator conducting fights in mixed martial arts, confirmed that the Russian fighter Fedor Emelyanenko will hold his next fight in February 2017.
His opponent will be former UFC fighter Matt Mitrion.
This fight will be the main event of the Bellator MMA tournament, which will be held the morning of 18 November in San Jose (CA).
THE EMPEROR HAS ARRIVED! #Bellator172: Fedor vs @mattmitrione | FEB 18 live & free on @spike 9/8c pic.twitter.com/lSlMuwE48x
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 20, 2016
Last fight Emelianenko held on 18 June 2016 in the organization Fight Nights against Fabio Maldonado, winning by majority decision of judges in trehprudnom confrontation. The Russians were close to defeat in the first round, but was able to return to the fight.
However, in July there appeared information about the fact that the international Association of the mixed single combats (WMMAA) recommended to deprive Emelianenko status of the winner in a battle with Maldonado and recognize the result of the match a draw.