Bellator 172 has a stacked fight card set for February 18, 2017 and it just got better. Bellator announced the addition of Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (@PatrickyPitbull) as the co-main event.
Thomson has won both appearances for the promotion since joining them in late 2015, both wins coming by stoppage. Thomson has been in the cage with some of the best fighters in MMA including Nate Diaz (@NateDiaz209), Gilbert Melendez (@GilbertMelendez) and Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT). Not as active as many would hope, injuries have kept Thomson from competing often, but when he is healthy he is a force to be reckoned with.
Pitbull will be looking to rebound from a first round knockout loss to Michael Chandler (@MichaelChandlerMMA) at Bellator 157. The Brazilian lightweight is known for his aggressive style. It should prove to be an entertaining fight with Thomson.
The main event for Bellator 172 will feature MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko taking on Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione). Emelianenko will be making his promotional debut and looking to win his sixth straight fight. Mitrione made his debut for Bellator in mid 2016 and has gone 2-0 with the promotion with both wins coming by (T)KO.
Bellator 172 will air live on Spike TV. The preliminary bouts can be seen like on Bellator.com or the Bellator app.
Bellator 172 Fight Card:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione
Josh Thomson vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire
Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson
Adam Piccolotti vs. Brent Primus
James Terry vs. David Douglas
Nikko Jackson vs. Cesar Gonzalez
Juan Cardenas vs. Luis Vargas
Danasabe Mohammed vs. Carlos Rocha
Anthony Do vs. Bobby Escalante
Matt Ramirez vs. Jeremy Murphy
J.J. Okanovich vs. Paradise Vaovasa
Justin Tenedora vs. Roque Reyes