|Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut, United States Dated: friday 25 june|
|Blanket: Watch live coverage on BBC iPlayer from 11:00 p.m. BST|
Americans Timothy Johnson and Liz ‘Girl-Rilla’ Carmouche will be in action as Bellator 261 airs live on BBC iPlayer starting at 11:00 p.m. BST this Friday.
Johnson, 36, will face Valentin Moldavsky for the first interim Bellator heavyweight title and Carmouche will face flyweight Kana Watanabe in the main co-event.
The interim title winner will become the challenger to heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, when he returns to the division after the conclusion of the light heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.
The program will be available in its entirety in catch-up and you will be able to watch the best fights on demand in full replay.
What’s up ?
Unbeaten in three, Johnson is first in the promotion heavyweight standings.
But he faces a tough fight against the 29-year-old Ukrainian, who beat Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson at Bellator 244 to lead a five-game winning streak.
The main event will see a battle between second and third flyweight fighters Carmouche and Watanabe, the latter undefeated in eleven.
Former featherweight title challenger Daniel Weichel takes on unbeaten Keoni Diggs, Christian Edwards, tenth in light heavyweight, takes on Simon Biyong and lightweight Sidney ‘Da Gun’ Outlaw takes on fourth of the jury Myles’ Fury ‘.
Elsewhere on the preliminary map are two all-American fights: Californian Jaylon Bates takes on Cody ‘Mad Cat’ Matthews in a 125-pound fight and Taylor ‘Tombstone’ Johnson comes to grips with Lance ‘The Boogeyman’ Wright.
Additional preliminaries include a women’s strawweight bout between Lena Ovchynnikova and Kyra Batara and a lightweight bout between Soren Bak and Bobby Lee.
All the action comes from Bellator’s Fight Sphere at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
What is the Bellator MMA?
Bellator is a United States-based mixed martial arts promotion considered by many to be the UFC’s closest rival.
The organization has its own world titles and has a roster of fighters, including some of the best mixed martial artists.
MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and is a blend of several martial arts such as karate, Muay Thai, kickboxing, taekwondo, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
friday 25 june
11:00 p.m. – 04:30 a.m. (main card from 2:00 a.m.) – BBC iPlayer
You can also watch Bellator 262 on July 16, live on BBC iPlayer, with more to be announced.
All times are in BST and are subject to change.
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