This past weekend, fight fans tuned in for Bellator 172, for a fight card which was initially supposed to be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione, where the MMA icon would be stepping into the Bellator MMA cage for his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut, as well as his first fight in the United States since 2011 where he lost to Dan Henderson under the Strikeforce banner.
Unfortunately, Mitrione was pulled from the bout at the last minute, and as a result his scrap with Emelianenko was cancelled, with Patricio Freire’s co-main event scrap with Josh Thomson being promoted to the main event on short notice. Freiere won his fight, as did UFC vet Check Kongo, who defeated Oli Thompson. In addition, UFC veteran Josh Koscheck made his promotional debut on the card, getting TKOd in the very first round.
Below is the full disclosed payroll for the event courtesy of MMAFighting:
Patricky Freire ($40,000 + $40,000 = $80,000) def. Josh Thomson ($10,000)
Cheick Kongo ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Oli Thompson ($25,000)
Anatoly Tokov ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Francisco France ($12,000)
Veta Arteaga ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Brooke Mayo ($8,000)
Mauricio Alonso ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Josh Koscheck ($75,000)
Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting)
James Terry ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. J.C. Llamas ($2,500)
Nikko Jackson ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Cesar Gonzalez ($1,000)
Juan Cardenas ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Luis Vargas ($1,000)
Bobby Escalanate ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Anthony Do ($1,500)
Jeremy Murphy ($1,200 + $1,200 = $2,400) def. Matt Ramirez ($1,800)
J.J. Okanaovich ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Zach Andrews ($1,500)
Justin Tenedora ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Roque Reyes ($1,000)
Martin Sano ($2,000) vs. Diego Herzog ($2,500) ruled majority draw
Gaston Bolanos ($4,000 + no win bonus = $4,000) def. Abner Perez ($1,000)
Abraham Vaesau ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Dominic Sumner ($1,000)
In the wake of the event, it was revealed that Matt Mitrione was pulled out of the fight after being hospitalized with kidney stones which will require him to undergo surgery before he is able to return to the cage once again.
Stay tuned for updates regarding Mitrione’s surgery as they become available over the coming weeks.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/23/2017.