Preview and Predictions for Bellator 208: Fedor vs. Sonnen

Less than twenty four hours after reaching a conclusion in the first half of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinal between Matt Mitrione and Ryan Bader at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the promotion heads off to Long Island, New York for Bellator 208: Fedor vs. Sonnen to determine who will advance to fight for the Bellator Heavyweight Championship in the World Grand Prix Final. Best of luck to Tigerlyfe sponsored athletes Ryan Castro (vs. Dennis Buzukja) and Jeremy Puglia (vs. Eric Olsen) who will be making their promotional debuts on the Bellator 208 Prelims. The Prelims can be seen via Live Stream on the DAZN Network beginning at 6:30PM/ET Saturday. DAZN will stream Bellator 208 in its entirety, while the Paramount Network will air the Main Card on cable TV starting at 9PM/ET. 

Henry Corrales (-380) vs.  Andy Main (+260)

To kickoff the Main Card,Henry “OK” Corrales (15-3-0) squares off against New Jersey’s Andy Main (12-3-1,1NC) in a Featherweight match up. Main, an amateur circuit veteran, who has competed in Pancrasse in Japan, and was a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter Season 12, has won five of his last seven bouts ,including a Triangle Submission win over Brian “Boom” Kelleher with Cage Fury Fighting Championships in 2014. That’s quite the resume for someone making the promotional debut.
Henry Corrales started his Bellator career on a sour note, losing his first three bouts. Yet Corrales has bounced right back, picking up consecutive wins over Cody Bollinger, Noad Lahat, and Georgi Karakhanyan. Corrales is “hot”, but I think Main, who has never been finished and had one heck of a ground game, puts on a memorable performance in his debut. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Main via Second Round Submission 

D’Bo’s Picks:  Corrales via Decision 

Cheick Kongo (-130)  vs. Timothy Johnson (+105)

 Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) plans on giving fellow Heavyweight Timothy Johnson (12-4-0) a rude welcoming. as Johnson makes his Bellator debut this weekend. Despite being on a six fight winning streak that includes a win over Alexander Volkov, Kongo is only a slight favorite in this battle between UFC veterans. Tim Johnson went 4-3 in his three year tenure with the UFC, earning a decision win in the last fight on his contract over Marcelo Golm at UFC Fight Night Belem.  In a bout that should primarily consist of grappling and wrestling, I am going to take Johnson to put an end to Cheick Kongo’s impressive win streak. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Johnson via Decision 

D’Bo’s Picks: Kongo via First Round KO

Alexander Shlemenko (+110) vs. Anatoly Tokov (-140)

Former Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (56-10-0) gets another stiff test when he faces off against Anatoly Tokov (26-3-0). “Storm” Shlemenko came very close to spoiling the Bellator debut of Gegard Mousasi last year at Bellator 185. In June 2018, Shlemenko headlined M-1 Challenge 93 in his native Russia, however,Shlemenko was knocked out by his opponent, Bruno Silva, in the First Round. On the heels of back to back losses, it will be interesting to see how “Storm” looks against Tokov, who has won nine of his last ten fights and has two stoppage wins since joining the promotion last year.  Tokov is a duel threat— capable of a finish via knockout or submission— so Shlemenko will have to be on his A game if he plans on walking out of the cage a winner.  

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Shlemenko via First Round KO 

D’Bo’s Picks: Shlemenko via Decision 

Benson Henderson (-400) vs. Saad Awad (+280)

 “Smooth” Benson Henderson (25-8-0) is set to battle Saad “the Assassin” Awad (23-9-0) in the Belaltor 208 Co-Main Event. Awad is currently on a four fight win streak, having most recently dispatched Ryan Couture at Bellator 201 via First Round TKO. Taking out Henderson will be a difficult task for Awad, who has struggled against top level competition in the past. While Henderson is just 2-3 since signing with the promotion in 2016, Bendo was able to shake off consecutive losses in his last fight by defeating Roger Huerta via Second Round Submission at Bellator 196 in April. This is a big spot for Saad Awad, but I’m going to go with Benson Henderson to step up and get the job done. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Henderson via Second Round Submission 

D’Bo’s Picks: Awad via Decision 


Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinal 

Fedor Emelianenko (-265) vs. Chael Sonnen (+225)

One of the Greatest of All Time in mixed martial arts, “the Last Emperor” Fedor  Emelianenko (37-5-0), faces one of greatest trash talkers in sports history, “the American Gangster” Chael P. Sonnen (30-15-1), in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinal. Following his stunning double knockdown loss to Matt Mitrione at Bellator NYC in his Bellator debut, Fedor Emelianenko turned back the clock, and was in vintage form knocking out Frank Mir back in April at Bellator 198 in the First Round of the Heavyweight Grand Prix. Despite an underwhelming performance in his promotional debut, a First Round Submission loss to Tito Ortiz in January 2017, “the American Gangster” has responded with back to back Unanimous Decision wins over MMA legends Wanderlei Silva and Rampage Jackson.  Sonnen defeated Rampage 
at Bellator 192 in January to advance to the Grand Prix Semifinal. It would be quite impressive if Chael is able to add another legendary opponent to his victory list, but I think the undersized Sonnen struggles against Fedor, who puts Chael away with relative ease. 

Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction


: Fedor via First Round KO 

D’Bo’s Picks:  Fedor via First Round KO 

Next month, Bellator MMA returns to Tel Aviv, Israel for Bellator 209: Pitbull vs. Sanchez. Feel free to share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below, and enjoy the fights!



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