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Fedor Emelianenko signs deal with Bellator, will fight Matt Mitrione in February


Fedor Emelianenko and Scott Coker have done business before, dating back to Coker's days running Strikeforce. Now, one of the best heavyweights of all time and Bellator's head honcho will run it back one more time. 

During Bellator's Saturday show in San Jose, CA, it was announced that "The Last Emperor" has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion with his first fight scheduled for Saturday, February 18th in San Jose against former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione. 

Mitrione was brought out for a promo with Jimmy Smith where Mitrione said he had been asked to sign a bout agreement with the opponent name blacked out, saying the promotion said to trust them that this would be a big fight for him. He had no idea he was going to fight Fedor until they announced it in the arena which led to Fedor coming out, donning one of his well-known sweaters.

The 40-year-old Russian is riding a five-fight win streak and is 2-0 since coming out of retirement. However, his last bout -- a majority decision win over Fabio Maldonado -- was very controversial as many thought the fight should have been stopped several times for how much damage Fedor took, not to mention the decision win.

The 38-year-old Mitrione is 2-0 in Bellator with two finishes after signing with the promotion earlier this year. 

Fans can buy pre-sale tickets now by using the word 'glove'.