What version of Fedor Emelianenko can we expect at Bellator 172? Fellow fighters offer their predictions

It’s been more than five years since former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fought on U.S. soil, and that was only to wrap up a run of three consecutive losses.
So what can we expect of “The Last Emperor” at Saturday’s Bellator 172 event, when he takes on Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA)?
After all, Emelianenko has earned five consecutive victories since his three-fight skid under the Strikeforce banner. But he’s also 40, and increased age rarely proves a positive for prizefighters.
It’s what makes the main event for Saturday’s event so intriguing: Does Fedor still have it?
Bellator 172 takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Ahead of the event, we asked Emelianenko’s fellow fighters what they expect to see from the all-time great.For more on Bellator 172, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.





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