Second attempt: Fedor Emelianenko will fight with Matt Mitrione

© RIA Novosti / Vadim Garniturii in fotomancer Emelianenko. Archival photoSecond attempt: Fedor Emelianenko will fight with Matt Mitrione© RIA Novosti / Vadim Garniturii the image Bank

Famous Russian mixed martial arts fighter Fedor Emelianenko in the night of Sunday Moscow time will finally meet with American Matt Mitrione in new York in the framework of the fight night Bellator 180.

Mitrion want to buy vodka Emelianenko after his victory

Initially, the meeting of these fighters had to go on February 18 in San Jose (USA), but it broke just a few hours before the fight due to kidney disease from a former player in American football Mitrione. In the end, Emelianenko refused a replacement opponent, and the fight was officially postponed. In the end, the 38-year-old American cited his health in order, and March was declared the new date of the fight.

«I am very happy to be back on the East coast and to enter the battle. I spent two years (by NFL club) «new York giants» my whole family lives there. And I love the fact that they will come and will see how I will break the face of the greatest heavyweight in history. I’m not talking about what is going to happen at Madison Square Garden, which is a Mecca of martial arts. It’s just the icing on the cake», then said Mitrion later with a prize promised to buy vodka Emelianenko after his victory.

40-year-old Emelyanenko this fight will be the third one after returning to the sport. Emelianenko in 2015, announced the resumption of a career after a three year break. December 31 of the year the Russians in a matter of minutes defeated the Indian Jaideep Singh in the first show of the organization Rizin, the founder of which is well known to Emelianenko at Pride, Nobuyuki Sakakibara.

The contract with Rizin from Emelianenko was designed for only one fight, so the next appearance in the cage of the famous fighter was held in June 2016 under the auspices of the Russian Fight Nights promotion. This time the opponent was matched harder, while Brazilian Fabio Maldonado, who in the UFC, many are not taken seriously. In the end, this duel was perhaps the most talked about in 2016, as Emelianenko victory the separate decision of judges has caused a lot of issues.

For the June fight with Mitrione Emelianenko was prepared in the Netherlands under the guidance of local coaches, including Peter Tisse. The Last Emperor was often prepared in Stary Oskol. «Mitrion, of course, the teeth Fedor, nothing complicated there. Fedor and faster, and harder, and more trained in stroke technique. If with health everything is fine, then everything should be fine. With regard to the transfer of the battle, and how it can affect, hard to say, because this training did not participate,» — said Alexander Michkov, previously prepared Emelianenko.

Emelianenko would be pleased with the presence of trump in the stands

Emelianenko has traditionally been preparing behind closed doors, although appearing in the information space, talking to more global issues than fight with Mitrione. For example, in April in an interview with Russian Chicago he did not rule out the possibility of the Bellator tournament in Russia with his participation.

And in June of the broadcast of the MMA Hour, the Russians speculate about the US President Donald trump, whose company was one of the owners of the Affliction promotion, which collaborated Emelianenko. The trump is familiar with the Russian athlete. The last Emperor admitted that he would be happy if trump came to support him and Mitrione.

«Donald trump is a self-motivated person. I’m glad he achieved his next goal. I think now he’s trying to do for your country. Sometimes I do not understand the negative reaction from the American people, I think it’s unfounded, but this is my personal opinion, I can’t be the judge of that, because we live in Russia», — said Emelianenko about trump.

Master of the mixed single combats, the repeated world champion in combat Sambo Vadim Nemkov after talking with Emelianko reported «R-Sport» that the Russian is in good shape. «I think he has all the chances to win. Because Mitrion though and moves well, but to the movements of the him far Fedor. Based on his last fights, American skip a beat. And I think that if Fedor will put him in the ground, that’s where it all will end. Although he in the rack can get. But on the ground, does he have an advantage more than the rack,» said Nemcov.

Another Russian fighter Habib Nurmagomedov said that he was expecting a fight on June 24. «Rival him (Fedor), anything surprising is not. However, he has a very good shot with your left hand, if I’m not mistaken, he’s a Lefty. In the rack it will be dangerous, I would not want to cut into the rack. I wish Fedor a nice kickdown in the first round,» said Nurmagomedov.

Fedor Emelianenko held 40 mixed martial arts fights, which scored 36 wins and losing four. Mitrion been in the UFC and Bellator, scoring 11 victories and five defeats.