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Reminder: Bellator 172 takes place tomorrow in San Jose, CA

This Saturday Bellator MMA returns to the SAP Center in San Jose, CA with a card headlined by heavyweight mixed martial arts legend, Fedor Emelianenko, a pioneer of the sport, who rarely leaves his native Russia anymore, let alone to fight.

Emelianenko will take on Matt Mitrione, a former football player, who is best known as being the man who beat Kimbo Slice in the UFC. This is not to be confused with Seth Petruzelli, the first man to beat Kimbo Slice in a MMA bout.

The bout will serve as a crossroads fight for two heavyweights who have unclear futures with a loss potentially signaling retirement or just general indifference to their careers from fight fans.

The undercard features San Jose, CA native Josh Thomson fighting Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in a number one contender bout for the lightweight title currently held by Michael Chandler, who fought in the SAP Center in November as Chandler defended his title against former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Thomson, who has been jovial all fight week, has made it no secret that at this point in his career he is enjoying the ride and any fight could be his last. Freire, on the other hand is coming off a first round KO to the aforementioned, lightweight champion, Chandler and is looking to make a statement in Thomson’s hometown.

Bay Area local Brooke Mayo will make her debut on the card as well taking on a very tough opponent Veta Arteagea, who arguably beat Bellator prospect Anatasia Yankova in her Bellator debut. Some major media outlets have panned the match-up being televised, but this could be one of the best match-ups on the card as a more experienced Arteagea will take on another prospect with a great amateur record in Mayo.

Rounding out the card, Cheick Kongo will face Oli Thompson in a battle of heavyweight with the winner hoping to fight a bigger name fighter in a main event in the near future as well as former UFC superstar Josh Koscheck will take Bay Area veteran Mauricio Alonso. Koscheck did not show up to the media workout which was held at his former gym, American Kickboxing Academy, and is fighting a fighter in Alonso who is much more active then him in recent years.

The fight happen, tomorrow, February 18th, at the SAP Center in San Jose, Ca.

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Lukie Ketelle

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