Timothy Johnson hopes to capitalize on a big opportunity at the second time of asking. Johnson (13-6 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) is set to face fellow ex-UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione in the co-main event of Bellator 243 on Friday as he looks to follow up on his finish of rising prospect Tyrell Fortune at Bellator 239. When Johnson joined Bellator in October 2018, he drew one of the most experienced heavyweights on the roster, Cheick Kongo, but was stopped in just over a minute. That was followed by another first-round stoppage loss to Vitaly Minakov, as Johnson suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. He was then matched up with undefeated prospect Fortune in a fight that saw the oddsmakers rate Johnson as a huge underdog. However, Johnson produced his best display as a Bellator fighter to upset the highly-touted Fortune via first-round knockout.

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