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All-American heavyweight Tony Johnson Jr. joins Bellator roster

Bellator Fighting Championships has deepened their growing heavyweight pool with the addition of Tony Johnson Jr., a four-time All-American wrestler out of Iowa State who holds a 5-1 record in MMA.

According to an official press release, Johnson Jr. will make his Bellator debut on April 16 at Bellator 41 and will face 4-0 Carlos Flores. The event is scheduled to take place in Yuma, Arizona.

Johnson will be looking to match his title-winning success for King of the Cage when he steps foot into the Bellator ring, as he explained his sights are set on entering their next heavyweight tournament and eventually dethroning Cole Konrad to become champion.

“I think (the tournament) would be a great opportunity for me. It would mean everything to me to become the next Bellator Heavyweight Champion,” said Johnson. “I can only improve. 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.”

Of his five total wins, Johnson has won three by way of decision with two TKOs to his credit as well. He holds a past victory over seasoned veteran Tony Lopez and also found success in his last outing, an across-the-board outpointing of Bobby Simic in November. His only professional loss was the result of a submission to undefeated grappler Dan Cormier this past August.


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