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Chael Sonnen Among Host Of Fighters Who Offered To Face Fedor After Mitrione’s Last Minute Withdrawal

Heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko’s Bellator MMA debut was cancelled at the last minute on Saturday night, as his opponent Matt Mitrione was forced out of the pair’s scheduled bout at Bellator 172 in San Jose, California through illness.

According to MMAFighting, the decision to cancel the bout was made at 3 p.m. local time.

Mitrione, who is 2-0 since joining Bellator from the UFC, took to Twitter shortly after news of his withdrawal broke to explain his situation.

Amazingly, several fighters offered to replace Mitrione on short notice.

According to MMAFighting journalist Ariel Helwani, former UFC middleweight and light-heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen was among those who offered their services to the Scott Coker led promotion.

Tito Ortiz, who ruined Sonnen’s Bellator debut by submitting him in the first round last month, and Muhammad Lawal were also willing to step in.

According to the aforementioned Helwani, English heavyweight Oli Thompson was also considered as a replacement. However, none of these fights came together.

Instead Thompson fought Cheick Kongo as scheduled and lost a unanimous decision, while lightweights Patricky Freire and Josh Thomson filled the main event slot. Freire won that fight via KO in the second round.

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