Sport Bellator 261: Tim Johnson vs. Valentin Moldavsky preview and prediction
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Bellator 261 will see Tim Johnson and Valentin Moldavsky collide.
Tim Johnson and Valentin Moldavsky will face off atfor an interim heavyweight championship. This chance at a championship may be the only opportunity of Johnson's career. A middling fighter for years in the UFC, going 4-3 and never winning two fights in a row, Johnson has done the unthinkable in Bellator. Starting his Bellator run 0-2, Johnson won three in a row, defeating the division's best, including Cheick Kongo, who was arguably next in line for champion Ryan Bader.
Now Johnson will get a shot at the interim championship. Though, he'll have to get through Team Fedor member Moldavsky, who's 10-1 and proving to be a tough out. The Russain likes to stay close to his opponents and often drags down his opponents while smashing on them. He's not known for his finishes, however, has he's only subbed three and knocked out one. Johnson on the other hand is a heavy-handed fighter, with eight of his 15 wins coming by KO/TKO.
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Tim Johnson has a tough out with Valentin Moldavsky
Johnson is in a unique position to become a champion at the age of 36, after a career of doing little else than closing out the prelims. He's a solid wrestler as Kongo found out in their rematch, and his hands have delivered him to this point, so he has the skills needed. Moldavsky may develop into more of a finisher as his career goes on but more than likely he'll ride Johnson out for five rounds.
While we're all pulling for Johnson, Team Fedor might be the best fight team in the world right now, seeing as Moldavsky's teammate Vadim Nemkov is the currentlight heavyweight champion. It's going to be a tough out for Johnson.
Winner: Valentin Moldavsky (by decesion)
Bellator 261 takes place on June 25, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Follow along with FanSided who for all your live news and highlights.
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