Fedor Emelianenko (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Bellator 208 Results: Emelianenko Pounds Out Sonnen, Henderson Tops Awad

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Bellator MMA hosted its 208th event from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix continued as MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko took on former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen. The Russian Emelianenko entered the match-up having won six of his last seven bouts. The 42-year-old starched former UFC champion Frank Mir in just 48 seconds to advance to the semifinals. Sonnen, meanwhile, had won back-to-back fights for the first time since 2012. He dominated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson with his wrestling to set up the match-up with Emelianenko.

The co-main event featured former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson against Saad Awad.


The night’s preliminary card streamed on the promotion’s website beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The five-fight main card was simulcast on the Paramount Network and DAZN at 9 p.m. ET.

Fedor Emelianenko def. Chael Sonnen by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:46 – heavyweight grand prix semifinal
Benson Henderson def. Saad Awad by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Cheick Kongo def. Timothy Johnson by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:08
Anatoly Tokov def. Alexander Shlemenko by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Henry Corrales def. Andy Main by knockout (punches). Round 3, 2:08
Jennifer Chieng def. Jessica Ruiz by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:22
David Meshkhoradze def. Shaquan Moore by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Tommy Espinosa def. Suhrob Aidarbekov by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:27
Nick Fiore def. Jerome Mickle by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jeremy Puglia def. Eric Olsen by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:16
Dennis Buzukja def. Ryan Castro by knockout (punches). Round 1, 2:53
Andrews Rodriguez def. Mike DiOrio by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Zarrukh Adashev def. Christian Medina by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:08