UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Bellator makes its return Friday, and the promotion is implementing an interim heavyweight title.
Bellator 261 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena with the main card airing on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie. Atop the bill are top heavyweight contenders Tim Johnson (15-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) and Valentin Moldavsky (10-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA). They will compete for the interim strap in the absence of undisputed champion Ryan Bader, who is partaking in the promotion’s light heavyweight grand prix.
Following Thursday’s official Bellator 261 weigh-ins, the athletes came face to face for some traditional pre-fight staredowns.
Tim Johnson vs. Valentin Moldavsky – for interim heavyweight title
Liz Carmouche vs. Kana Watanabe
Myles Jury vs. Sidney Outlaw
Daniel Weichel vs. Keoni Diggs
Christian Edwards vs. Simon Biyong