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The MMA Vivisection - Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione picks, odds, & analysis

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Zane Simon & Victor Rodriguez (joined by Eddie Mercado> are breaking down this week's Bellator card from San Jose, California. We've got everything you need to know about the main card, with picks for Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione, down to Josh Koschek vs. Mauricio Alsonso. Plus, maybe a few odds and highlights.

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Bellator returns this Saturday, but more importantly than that, Fedor is back. “The Last Emperor” returns to competition, stateside, taking on Matt Mitrione in the main event of Bellator 172. As per most of the promotion’s recent offerings it’s a top heavy card with a few notable names and then a whole whole lot of filler. Josh Koscheck makes his long awaited debut for the promotion, taking on Mauricio Alonso, and Josh Thomson returns against perrenial contender Patricky Freire. Throw some Cheick Kongo in there just for good measure. It may not all be thrilling but for a chance to watch one of the sport’s GOATs fight again, why not?

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Here’s the complete Bellator 172 card as it stands right now:

Spike TV Main Card:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione - 24:12
Josh Thomson vs. Patricky Freire - 18:22
Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson - 14:55
Josh Koscheck vs. Mauricio Alonso - 8:12
Brooke Mayo vs. Vera Arteaga - 5:21

Online Prelims
Nikko Jackson vs. Cesar Gonzlez
John Cardenas vs. Luis Vargas
Anthony Do vs. Bobby Escalante
Matthew Ramirez vs. Jeremy Murphy
Justin Tenedora vs. Roque Reyes
Anatoly Tokov vs. Francisco France - 3:52
Martin Sano vs. Diego Herzog
James Terry vs. JC Llamas
Abner Perez vs. Gaston Bolanos
Zach Andrews vs. JJ Okanovich
Rick Reger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha - 3:33
Dominic Sumner vs. Abraham Vaesau