Former King of the Cage heavyweight champion Tony Johnson
has signed with Bellator Fighting Championships and will
debut with the promotion on April 16 at Bellator 41.
Bellator released the news Thursday, announcing that Johnson would
square off with undefeated heavyweight Carlos
Flores at the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz. The
event will air on MTV2.
In addition to the Johnson-Flores bout, Bellator 41 will feature
both featherweight tournament semifinals, as well as two super
fights featuring champions Joe Warren
Makovsky in non-title affairs.
“Tony is a fighter we have had our eye on for quite some time,”
Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a release. “He’s one
of the top heavyweight prospects in the world right now and will
make a great addition to our already impressive heavyweight
A collegiate wrestler at Iowa State University, Johnson began his
professional career in 2008. “Ghost Wolf” has only tasted defeat
once thus far, losing the KOTC heavyweight strap in his first title
defense to Strikeforce prospect Daniel
Cormier in August.
“I definitely want to be a part of the next Bellator heavyweight
tournament. I think it would be a great opportunity for me. It
would mean everything to me to become the next Bellator heavyweight
champion,” said Johnson. “I plan on getting better and better every
time I enter that cage. I feel in my heart like I’m able to compete
with the best heavyweights out there, and now it’s time for me to
prove it. I’m ready for it. I’m ready to take that next challenge.”
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