Fedor Emelianenko (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

Bellator 198: Fedor vs. Mir Pre-Fight Press Conference

On Saturday, April 28, Bellator MMA returns to the Chicago area for its 198th event which takes place from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

In the night’s main event, two of the sport’s most decorated heavyweights finally lock horns as former Pride FC king Fedor Emelianenko meets former UFC titleholder Frank Mir in the opening round of the heavyweight grand prix. The 41-year-old Emelianenko made his Bellator debut last June, falling via knockout in just 74 seconds to Matt Mitrione. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for the Russian. Mir, meanwhile, has been sidelined for over two years due to a performance-enhancing drug suspension. The 38-year-old is just 2-6 over his last eight appearances, including a first-round knockout defeat to Mark Hunt in his last bout.

The night’s preliminary card kicks off at 7 p.m. ET with a live stream on Combat Press. The main card follows live at 9 p.m. ET on the Paramount Network.


On Thursday, April 26, the promotion will hold a pre-fight press conference at 1 p.m. ET. Video of the event (courtesy of Bellator MMA) appears above.

Bellator 198 Fight Card
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir – heavyweight grand prix opening round
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Sam Sicilia
Rafael Lovato Jr. vs. Gerald Harris
Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres
Dillon Danis vs. Kyle Walker
P.J. Cajigas vs. R’Mandel Cameron
Dan Stittgen vs. Mark Stoddard
Morgan Sickinger vs. Eric Wisely
Joey Diehl vs. Nate Williams
Mike Budnik vs. Tom Shoaff
James Bennett vs. Dustin Stusse
Asef Askar vs. Andrew Johnson
Adil Benjilany vs. Corey Jackson
Tom Angeloff vs. Sultan Umar
Adam Maciejewski vs. Robert Morrow