Saturday’s Bellator 198 main event between Frank Mir and Fedor Emelianenko is a fight many have waited years to see.
The two square off in a quarterfinal in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix live on Paramount Network from the Allstate Arena.
Mir, a former UFC champion, owns nine career submission wins to his resume with five more via knockout. He’s bested the likes of Todd Duffee, Antonio Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Brock Lesnar during his career.
“Frank Mir, when he grabs hold of a body part has such, what I call leverage strength, that he will snap your arm,” John McCarthy said. “He will break your leg. He will permanently injure you if you do not do that nice little tap to say I can’t take this.
“There are certain fighters that they’ve had a fight where they’ve injured somebody with a broken ankle, a broken arm. Frank Mir’s the only guy, he’s got multiples on that list.”
Emelianenko is coming off a knockout loss to Matt Mitrione that snapped a five-fight win streak for “The Last Emperor.” He also once went unbeaten from 2001-09.
“Fedor is a fast athlete,” McCarthy said. “He’s explosive. That is what has separated him in the heavyweight division. He was never the biggest guy, he was never the stronger guy. He was the faster guy that would hold the pace and make a heavyweight work past their ability to maintain their pace and he would end up putting them away with speed and conditioning.”