Fedor Emelianenko vs Chael Sonnen Ends With First Round Pummeling
Because of all the buzz the UFC has been generating lately it is easy to forget that rival promotion Bellator are currently staging their most ambitious event to date.
It has been nearly a year since Bellator president Scott Coker announced an eight-man Heavyweight Grand Prix, featuring some of the most recognisable names in the sport of MMA.
And although we have yet to reach the final of the tournament few would argue that, at least in terms of popularity, the bracket has served up the biggest fight possible based on Bellator’s roster, Chael Sonnen Vs. Fedor Emelianenko.
This came after the pair defeated Rampage Jackson and Frank Mir respectively to find themselves in the semi-final bout.
Can you not like someone you don't know? According to @chaelsonnen you totally can. Watch him as he heads into the @bellatormma cage to face Fedor next Saturday at 9/8c on #ParamountNetwork. pic.twitter.com/TqTINJncTk
— Paramount Network (@paramountnet) October 5, 2018
Sonnen and Fedor actually came close to fighting back in 2017 when Sonnen offered to step in after Fedor’s opponent Matt Mitrione was injured, though Scott Coker elected to reschedule the original fight for a later date.
But the origins of the feud between the two men dates back even further than that.
As Sonnen rose to prominence as one of the preeminent interviews in all of MMA for his bombastic, pro-wrestling inspired, style, one of his most notorious claims was that fights in the Japanese PRIDE organisation were fixed.
In an interview regarding his disdain for former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva, Sonnen said.
This dates way back to when he was fighting in Japan. I’m the first guy to ever point out the fact that those were fake, that he wasn’t winning fights in Japan. That he didn’t go 22-0. These were set-up matches, and it pissed him and ‘Cro Cop’ off.
But as soon as I said it, other guys started coming out and going, ‘Oh, Chael’s right.’ From Gary Goodridge to Mark Coleman, to Don Frye coming out, ‘Yeah, we were in the back and yeah, these were set up.'”
Once considered the undisputed king of trash-talking in MMA before a certain Irishman came along, Sonnen worked his magic at the pre-fight press conference on Thursday making jibes about Fedor’s apperance.
Both men weighed in relatively light for the heavyweight class, with Sonnen at 227lbs and Fedor weighing 236lbs prior to the fight.
Diplomacy has failed. We gotta fight.
— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) October 13, 2018
Chael was swept and never really recovered after Fedor recovered to his feet and landed absolute bombs on the ‘undefeated’ Chael.’
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