MMA Hail Fedor! Russian legend knocks out Chael Sonnen at Bellator 208, advances to the Heavyweight Grand Prix finals The former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion is one step closer to adding another title to his collection after knocking out Chael Sonnen at Bellator 208 by Daniel Yanofsky October 14, 2018 Ryan Bader wanted it and deep down inside, so did Bellator. So when Fedor Emelianenko knocked out Chael Sonnen at Bellator 208 inside the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, NY, everything seemed to go according to plan. The day after Bader advanced to the Heavyweight Grand Prix finals by defeating Matt Mitrione at Bellator 207, the hype surrounding Sonnen (31-16-1) and Fedor (38-5, 1 NC) could be felt around the building. Two veterans were going at it for a shot at glory and it all felt like we were in a special moment in time. Billed as “U.S.A. v. Russia”, this was everything but that. Fedor’s striking ability was going against the rare wrestling ability of Sonnen. From the get-go, Fedor had control, dropping Chael to the floor with an early strike. “The American Gangster” tried to play it smart by wrestling Fedor to the ground, doing moves that he said he hasn’t done since college. It was to no avail, however, as Fedor literally pushed him away at every moment. It wasn’t until 4:46 in the first that Fedor decided to end the fight. Landed another huge shot to Chael’s face, Fedor mounted on top of him and started hammering away. Referee Dan Miragliotta had no choice but to end the fight before any more damage was done to Chael. https://twitter.com/BellatorMMA/status/1051323532096000001 After the fight, Sonnen had the following to say about his tough opponent: “Everything he did hurt. Everything he did had bad intentions. He was very fast, he was very powerful. He looked like he did when I watched him on TV, but I could feel it.” The Verbal Assassin strikes again. Chael is now 2-3 in his last few fights, even after beating both Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson. The latter fight was the opening round of the Heavyweight Grand Prix. Fedor has now won two in a row, easily dispatching Frank Mir in his opening round match. Now we have a fight between an MMA legend in Fedor and a fighter looking to become a legend in Bader (26-5). The current Light Heavyweight Champion, a win over Fedor can help cement Bader’s legacy in MMA. Do not look past Fedor, however. If he has the same fire in his eyes as he did inside the Nassau Coliseum, Bader and the rest of the MMA world will be in a lot of trouble. Post Views: 1,162 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Daniel Yanofsky Baseball Editor, Misc. Sports Editor. Covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a podcast, The Main Event. Latest posts by Daniel Yanofsky (see all) Mets hire Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran as manager - January 23, 2020 An Outsider’s 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot - January 21, 2020 A Wild Yo Sighting: Yoenis Cespedes participates in running, fielding and hitting drills - January 21, 2020 Following Conor McGregor’s win at UFC 246, is “The King” truly back? - January 20, 2020 Related TopicsbellatorBellator 208Bellator Heavyweight Grand PrixBellator MMAChael SonnenFeaturefedor emelianenko 3 Comments You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 Women in Sports Interview Series: It’s a sure bet with Philadelphia native, Erin Kate Dolan (VIDEO) by Denise Gonzalez | posted on March 17, 2020 Exclusive Interview: SNY Personality, Maria Marino, Shares Career Journey (VIDEO) by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on January 28, 2021 How Former NFL Scout and Coach Chris Landry Became an Entrepreneur and Sportscaster by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 23, 2021 More in MMA The Mockery of A Sport: Paul vs. Askren Jake Paul and Ben Askren are set to fight tonight, and as a fan... The Leverage Game: What’s Going on Between Jon Jones and UFC? After Francis Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic, fight fans everywhere were already excited about... Athletes and their “Charitable” Contributions The other day I was watching TV when I saw a commercial for Conor... Should the Holloway vs. Katter fight have been Stopped in the 4th Round? Dana White thought so… In my honest opinion, when it comes to sports there is nothing like watching... Bellator 208 Pre-Show LIVE Results Mike Kimbel, Bellator’s next big star?