The Bellator heavyweight grand prix tournament final is set after back-to-back big events this past weekend.
Bellator’s heavyweight tournament was an ambitious undertaking that started earlier this year with an eight-man field. In January, the tournament will culminate with a winner – and new heavyweight champion.
On Friday night at Bellator 207, Ryan Bader (26-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) outworked Matt Mitrione (13-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) for a unanimous decision. Bader, Bellator’s light heavyweight champion, now has a chance to become that rarest of MMA feats – a simultaneous two-division champion.
Saturday at Bellator 208, the legendary Fedor Emelianenko (38-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) took out Chael Sonnen (30-16-1 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) with a first-round TKO to advance in the other semifinal and to a meeting with Bader.
At Bellator 207 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and Bellator 208 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Ken Hathaway got exclusive behind-the-scenes access for a look at the fighters’ preparation just before their bouts.
So now, ahead of the Bader-Emelianenko tournament final and heavyweight title fight in January, take a look back at the road to the final from this past weekend’s semifinal main events on the East Coast.
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