Bellator’s to start with interim heavyweight title battle is established for upcoming thirty day period.
With present-day heavyweight winner Ryan Bader moving on in the light heavyweight grand prix, marketing officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Tim Johnson and Valentin Moldavsky will compete for an interim title at Bellator 261. The celebration will take position June 25 at Mohegan Sunlight Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and the key card will air on Showtime.
Bellator president Scott Coker disclosed programs to generate the promotion’s inaugural interim heavyweight title following Bader’s opening round win around Lyoto Machida at Bellator 256. Coker verified to MMA Fighting on Thursday that Johnson would be one particular of the members in the matchup and now he’s set to face Moldavsky, a protege of Fedor Emelianenko.
A Bellator press release and an previously variation of this story at first said that this was the first interim title fight in the promotion’s record, but there have earlier been interim champions at gentle heavyweight (Emanuel Newton), lightweight (Will Brooks), and bantamweight (Joe Warren). Even so, this is the 1st interim title battle in the Coker era, which began in June 2014.
Johnson, at this time the No. 1-rated Bellator heavyweight, acquired his shot with an outstanding 3- run in 2020. The 36-yr-outdated recently picked up stoppage wins over Tyrell Fortune and Matt Mitrione, together with a decision acquire in excess of Cheick Kongo at October’s Bellator 248 event.
Moldavsky, rated No. 3, has won 10 of 11 professional appearances, most of which have taken put for Bellator and RIZIN. Given that producing his debut in the Bellator cage, the 29-year-old has absent 5-, together with wins above Linton Vassell, Javy Ayala and Roy Nelson.
Here is how the Bellator 261 fight card at the moment appears to be:
Tim Johnson vs. Valentin Moldavsky — interim heavyweight title combat
Myles Jury vs. Sidney Outlaw
Isaiah Hokit vs. Aaron Hughes