Heavyweight Timothy Johnson signs with Bellator MMA
Former UFC heavyweight contender Timothy Johnson has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA, first reported by MMA Fighting. The news comes just months after Johnson’s recent win over Marcelo Gorm at UFC Fight Night 125.
Johnson joins a plethora of UFC departures to Bellator in recent times with the likes of fellow heavyweight Roy Nelson, middleweight star Gegard Mousasi and welterweight contender Lorenz Larkin.
Johnson enjoyed a fairly successful stint with the kingpin promotion with four wins and three losses in his seven fights with the promotion. A narrow decision loss to Alexander Volkov and impressive wins over Marcin Tybura and Marcelo Golm were highlights for Johnson, cementing himself as a contender in the 265lb division. However, Golm saw out the last of his contracted bouts, with no renewal taking place.
A first date and opponent has not yet been announced for the 33-year-old and with the heavyweight Grand-Prix in full flow, it is unlikely to be a name of any note, unless a losing participant is to face Johnson. It has been confirmed that he will not be taking place in the ongoing tournament.
One thing is for sure though, Bellator are forging themselves a credible heavyweight division in recent times, with more competition and more quality than ever. The signing of Johnson will do no wrong in terms of the reputation of the Bellator heavyweight division.