Bellator’s upcoming schedule includes three events across the next two months. Among those shows, their June 25th card has received a major number of changes as of late. In this Bellator roundup, we’ll look at all the recent changes for Bellator 261.
The new fights join a card that is set to take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Former UFC fighter Liz Carmouche will clash against undefeated flyweight Kana Watanabe in the co-main event of the card. The booking is being made as both fighters are on the rise up the division.
Carmouche won her Bellator debut in September, stopping DeAnna Bennett in the third round of a bout via rear naked choke. She has since scored another win, defeating Vanessa Porto two months back.
Watanabe made her return to action in April, scoring a split decision victory against Alejandra Lara. The fight was her U.S. debut after competing in Japan for her entire career.
Watanabe had competed in Bellator once before her win earlier this year, as she stopped Ilara Joanne on a show in late 2019.
Former RIZIN fighter Simon Biyong will make his Bellator debut on the card, facing Lee Chadwick in a light heavyweight bout.
Biyong’s last bout was in late 2019, where he stopped Vitaly Shemetov on a RIZIN card. The win moved his win streak to four-in-a-row.
Chadwick returned to the cage in October, submitting Ederson Cristian Macedo on a Bellator show. The bout was the fourth promotional appearance for the former Cage Warriors champ.
Former Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion Soren Bak will make his second appearance in the Bellator cage when facing Bobby Lee.
Bak won his Bellator debut in 2019 against Terry Brazier. The fight came after a five-fight run in Cage Warriors that included notable wins over Paddy Pimblett and Morgan Charriere.
Lee, a former CFFC Interim Welterweight Champion, lost his first Bellator fight in November to Joey Davis.
Looking for his third pro win, Jaylon Bates will fight Cody Matthews.
Matthews will be making his Bellator debut after fighting to a win and a loss on the regional scene.
Attempting to bounce back from a recent loss, Taylor Johnson will fight Lance Wright at middleweight.
Johnson took his first Bellator loss in October, getting defeated via unanimous decision by Johnny Eblen. Just a month before then, he defeated Ed Ruth with a heel hook in his first fight for the promotion.
Wright is getting the call-up to Bellator after attaining five wins and one loss. Among the five wins in four submission wins within two rounds.
Bellator 261: Johnson vs. Moldavsky – 6/25/21
Bout 10: Timothy Johnson (15-6) vs. Valentin Moldavsky (10-1) (Interim Bellator Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 9: Lena Ovchynnikova (12-6) vs. Kyra Batara (8-4) (Strawweight)
Bout 8: Myles Jury (19-5) vs. Sidney Outlaw (15-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 7: Daniel Weichel (40-12) vs. Keoni Diggs (9-0) (Featherweight)
Bout 6: Christian Edwards (4-0) vs. Ben Parrish (4-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Liz Carmouche (15-7) vs. Kana Watanabe (10-0-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Soren Bak (14-1) vs. Bobby Lee (12-5) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Jaylon Bates (2-0) vs. Cody Matthews (1-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 2: Taylor Johnson (6-2) vs. Lance Wright (5-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Lee Chadwick (26-15-1) vs. Simon Biyong (7-1) (Light Heavyweight)