As we previously reported, former UFC title contender American Anthony Johnson made the decision to return to mixed martial arts and signed a contract with the famous Bellator promotion. Scott Coker, president of the organization, commented on the signing of the eminent fighter.
“I am very pleased that Johnson is joining us. I’ve never seen him in boring fights. Two or three years have passed since the last performance. I think we will see a completely different Anthony Johnson, but I have always admired his fighting style. I really liked watching the fights with his participation.
I think a fighter of this level should be in the light heavyweight division, because we have the best division in the world. In this weight category he will have many spectacular fights. He recently posted a photo, captioning it that he will fight at light heavyweight. If he wants to play in the heavyweight division, then there is no problem, but in the light heavyweight division we have some interesting matches for him. Most likely Anthony will have a few warm-up fights before meeting with the leaders of the ranking, ”said Cocker.
Ramazan Emeev to meet David Zavada at UFC Fight Night 184
The UFC has announced the undercard match for UFC Fight Night 184, which will take place on January 20th in Abu Dhabi.
33-year-old Russian welterweight fighter (up to 77 kg) Ramazan Emeev (19-4) will face off in a three-round fight with 30-year-old German-born David Zavada (17-5).
Emeyev at UFC on ESPN 14 in July defeated another German Niklos Stolze (12-4) via unanimous decision, closing the defeat to American Anthony Martin (17-6) 13 months earlier. Zavada has not performed since November last year, when he strangled Russian Abubakar Nurmagomedov (15-3) in the 1st round at UFC Fight Night 163.
Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards found out the new date of their fight
Promising Swedish mixed martial arts fighter Khamzat Chimaev and the third number of the UFC welterweight rating Briton Leon Edwards received a new date for the fight. The fighters will meet on January 20th. This was announced by the President of the UFC Dana White during one of the last interviews. At the same time, the head of the organization also said that most likely their confrontation will take place in Abu Dhabi, but is still at the stage of development.
“If all goes according to plan, we will be back on Fight Island. It will be like a week of international fights. During this period of time, we expect to do a lot of interesting things. So that people can fly in, chat, have fun, watch fights on Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday, ”said White.
Recall that Chimaev and Edwards were originally supposed to fight on December 19 in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 183 tournament, but the fight had to be postponed, as Leon passed a positive test for COVID-19.