LOS ANGELES – BELLATOR Heavyweight World Champion Ryan “Darth” Bader (30-7, 1 NC) and “The G.O.A.T.” Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (40-6, 1 NC) previewed their anticipated main event showdown ahead of BELLATOR MMA’s landmark CBS Network Television and Paramount+ debut at a press conference Wednesday in Los Angeles.
The historic event takes place at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA this Saturday, Feb. 4, and will air live on CBS and on the Paramount+ streaming service at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The BELLATOR 290 main event will see reigning titleholder and No. 6 pound-for-pound athlete Ryan Bader seeking to become the first man to ever defeat the legendary No. 3-ranked Fedor Emelianenko twice in the icon’s final fight of what has been an unrivaled heavyweight combat sports career. In the co-main event, newly crowned BELLATOR Middleweight World Champion Johnny Eblen (12-0) will look to make his first title defense against Anatoly Tokov (31-3). Eblen and Tokov were both also on hand to preview their fight at Wednesday’s press event.
Welterweight fan-favorites Sabah “Sleek Sheik” Homasi (17-10) — the division’s No. 8-ranked contender — and “Irish” Brennan Ward (16-6) will make history as the first BELLATOR fight to air on CBS and Paramount+ in their must-see main card opener.
The preliminary portion of the card will kick off at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and can be viewed live and free on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel and Pluto TV.
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