MMA Must-See List: Top 5 fights from Bellator double-shot

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Fedor Emelianenko

In 2018, we know that time is limited. There is so much you could be doing to entertain yourself on a Friday or Saturday night. Let’s face it, watching a six-hour MMA show once a week isn’t always in the plans. In the MMA Must-See List we will give you the top five fights you should check out from a weekend TV card. This week we focus on Bellator 207 and 208. Courtesy of, all the fights are included in their entirety right here in the post. So here we go in chronological order.

1. Mike Kimbel vs. Alex Potts – Bellator 207

This is a quick one. Kimbel tied the Bellator record for fastest knockout with this six-second KO win over Alex Potts on Friday’s undercard. The 21 year-old Kimbel countered Potts with a huge right hand that put Potts out. The six-second fight ties Hector Lombard’s Bellator record.


2. Mandel Nallo vs. Carrington Banks – Bellator 207

This main card opener saw Nallo, a Tristar Gym training partner for Georges St-Pierre, score an impressive and out of nowhere jumping knee knockout. It has to be on the shortlist for KO of the year and is certainly worth a look here.

3. Sergei Kharitonov vs. Roy Nelson – Bellator 207

Veterans Nelson and Kharitonov had a vintage heavyweight tilt. Even with the two grand prix fights this weekend, this may have been the most entertaining bout featuring the big boys over the weekend.

4. Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson – Bellator 208

This was another brawl featuring veteran heavyweights. While Johnson didn’t bring much to the table Saturday night, Kongo proved that even at 43, he’s still a threat at heavyweight.

5. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen – Bellator 208

If there’s one fight you check out from this weekend, this is the one. Fedor looked probably as close as he’s going to get to the Fedor of old in crushing Sonnen within the first round. Notable about this fight is how easily Sonnen gave up advantageous positions and how quickly he turtled up when Fedor was on the offensive. Calling it a fixed fight might be strong, but it was an odd yet entertaining five minutes.


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