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Bellator inks former UFC heavyweight Timothy Johnson to multi-fight deal

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Bellator MMA is adding more ammunition to its heavyweight division after signing former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Timothy Johnson (12-4) to an exclusive, multi-fight deal, according to a recent report by MMA Fighting.

The North Dakota native with join a Bellator heavyweight division home to former UFC standouts like Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen, Quinton Jackson, Roy Nelson, Cheick Kongo, and Matt Mitrione, as well as MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Johnson, 33, alternated wins and losses after making his UFC debut back in 2015, which left him with a pedestrian 4-3 record. The former NCAA Division II wrestling standout only captured one finish under UFC rule, while tasting defeat at the hands of notable opponents like Alexander Volkov and Jared Rosholt.

While Bellator has yet to officially book Johnson’s debut, the proven heavyweight could make his first appearance sometime this summer. If Johnson was able to sign with Bellator earlier than he did he could have possibly taken part in the promotion’s ongoing Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament.

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