Bellator 198: Fedor vs Mir Preview and Betting Tips

Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 02:10 PM

Two legends of MMA will step into the cage in the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Saturday in a quarter final of Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament. Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many as the pound-for-pound greatest of all time, will face off against former UFC champion Frank Mir, who is fighting for the first time in nearly two years.

A Meeting of Heavyweight Giants

Take a look at Fedor Emelianenko’s fight record and you’ll see a murderer’s row of heavyweights, and you’ll also see the wins the Russian fighter holds over almost all of them. For eight years, ‘The Last Emperor’ remained undefeated in MMA, scoring victories over some of the most dangerous men in combat sports, including Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira, Kevin Randleman, Mirko ‘Crocop’ Filipovic, Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, and many, many more. He’s the sort of fighter that MMA fans go starry-eyed over, and while he is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career, a Fedor fight is still always highly anticipated.

Frank Mir’s record might not be as imposing as Fedor’s, but he holds wins over several of the same fighters, including two victories over Minotauro Nogueira, the second of which will be remembered as one of the most brutal submissions in the history of the UFC. Mir is also well into his career, and while he still indulges speculation about a trilogy fight with Brock Lesnar at some point in the future, he surely doesn’t have many bouts left in him. He’s gone 2-6 in his last eight fights and lost his last two, which led to the end of his long run in the UFC.

Frank Mir goes into Saturday’s fight with Fedor as the bookies’ favourite, which a decade ago would have been unthinkable. A lot has changed in those years, though, and four of Fedor’s five career losses have been inflicted since 2010. In his last fight in June 2017, he suffered a TKO defeat to Ultimate Fighter alumni Matt Mitrione. Every strike landed on Fedor in that fight was a dagger to the heart of fans who would rather remember him marauding through the heavyweight ranks of Pride all those years ago. As it happens, Mitrione has already advanced to the semi finals of Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, beating Roy Nelson by majority decision in February. The stage is set for a Fedor vs Mitrione rematch in the tournament final, if both men can make it, and a chance at redemption for the Russian legend.

His fans are still many, it seems, as a Fedor victory is still the most popular bet, despite him going into the bout as the bookmakers’ underdog. He’s roughly evens across the board, with at best a decent 5/4 on The Last Emperor to emerge victorious.

Type Odds Bet Now
Fight Winner
Fedor Emelianenko
Frank Mir
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Elsewhere on the Bellator 198 Card

Sam Sicilia, another Ultimate Fighter and UFC veteran, will look to build on his debut Bellator victory with a win against Emmanuel ‘El Matador’ Sanchez in Saturday’s co-main event. Few fighters have been as active as Sanchez, who has fought 10 times in just three years, but the pace doesn’t seem to affect his ability, as he’s gone 8-2 in that time. His last victory was his most impressive of all, a triangle choke submission of former Featherweight Champion Daniel Straus. Sicilia will be out to impress with a win over his dangerous opponent, after a disappointing end to his first spell in the UFC. Sanchez has never been finished, so what a statement it would be if Sicilia were the first to do so.

Unsurprisingly, Sanchez goes into the fight as a huge favourite, with odds as long as 4/1 on a Sam Sicilia win and just 2/11 on Sanchez to make it four wins in a row.

Type Odds Bet Now
Fight Winner
Sam Sicilia
Emmanuel Sanchez
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate

Before the two main events, Neiman Gracie will be looking to preserve his undefeated record against Bellator debutant Javier Torres. Gracie has lived up to the esteemed family name in his career so far, winning six of his seven fights by submission. He goes into the fight as the overwhelming favourite, with an incredibly short 1/14 on him to win.

Gerald ‘Hurricane’ Harris is another former UFC fighter approaching the tail-end of his career. He fights the undefeated Rafael Lovato Jr, who will also enter the cage as the firm favourite. Harris, though, has some decent wins on his record, including one over the UFC’s David Branch, and his experience could be a big advantage. In the final main card fight, Dillon Danis will make his professional MMA debut when he faces Kyle Walker, who is 2-4 as a pro. Danis’ connection to Conor McGregor has been widely noted – they have been training partners for some time – and judging by his pre-fight press, he is just as ambitious as the double UFC champion. Danis is the clear favourite to win, despite his lack of mixed martial arts experience. His opponent’s unflattering record may well have contributed to that, or it could just be the McGregor effect.

Type Odds Bet Now
Fight Winner
Neiman Gracie
Javier Torres
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Fight Winner
Gerald Harris
Rafael Lovato Jr
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Fight Winner
Dillon Danis
Kyle Walker
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate’s Top Tip

Despite his advancing years, Fedor still has it in him to pull off a spectacular win against Frank Mir. Evens or better on a Fedor victory is well worth taking.

Bellator 198: Fedor vs Mir takes place on Saturday 28th April and starts at 9pm ET (2am BST).

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