Bellator 261: A Night of Shocking Results and Stellar Performances

Bellator 261, held on June 25, 2021, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, was a night filled with thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes. The event was headlined by the interim heavyweight title bout between Tim Johnson and Valentin Moldavsky, and featured a co-main event with Liz Carmouche and Kana Watanabe.

Moldavsky Claims Interim Heavyweight Title

In the main event, Valentin Moldavsky faced off against Tim Johnson for the interim heavyweight title. Moldavsky emerged victorious, winning by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46). This victory marked a significant milestone in Moldavsky’s career, as he climbed to an impressive record of 11-1.

Carmouche’s Stunning Knockout

The co-main event featured a women’s flyweight bout between former UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche and Kana Watanabe. Carmouche delivered a stunning performance, knocking out Watanabe with punches in the first round, just 35 seconds into the fight. This victory solidified Carmouche’s position as a top contender in the women’s flyweight division.

Other Notable Performances

Sidney Outlaw defeated Myles Jury via submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round, while Daniel Weichel won against Keoni Diggs via split decision. In the light heavyweight division, Christian Edwards defeated Simon Biyong via unanimous decision.

The preliminary card also featured some notable performances. John De Jesus won against John Teixeira via split decision, Taylor Johnson defeated Lance Wright via submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round, and Jaylon Bates won against Cody Matthews via submission (armbar) in the second round. Corey Samuels knocked out Isaiah Hokit with punches just 10 seconds into the first round, and Soren Bak won against Bobby Lee via unanimous decision.

Looking Ahead

Bellator 261 was a night of thrilling fights and unexpected outcomes, setting the stage for exciting future matchups. As the fighters continue to evolve and improve, fans can look forward to more electrifying performances in the Bellator cage.


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