Bellator 262: Tyrell Fortune wants to avenge loss to Tim Johnson


Tyrell Fortune’s path seems to be Matt Mitrione at Bellator 262, a rematch with Tim Johnson after which going for the gold.

Tyrell Fortune is in for the most important combat of his MMA profession at Bellator 262, as he’ll tackle Matt Mitrione within the card’s co-main occasion.

The pair had been scheduled to fulfill in April at Bellator 255 till Mitrione was pressured out with harm the week of the combat.

The 2 are not any strangers to at least one one other, having skilled with one another for a time prior to now. Mixed with what’s now primarily two camps to arrange for Mitrione and Fortune, in an unique interview with FanSided MMA, feels extra prepared than ever for the previous NFL participant.

“It simply sort of continued from the final combat,” Fortune informed FanSided MMA. “They may circle us round, however they may not. So I nonetheless had him on my thoughts and was getting ready for you him, however you sort of simply prepare for anyone on this recreation. Guys get harm the week of combat and change your combat, so you must be prepared for something.”

As an alternative of dealing with Mitrione in April, Fortune was paired with Jack Might, who Fortune battled to a no-contest at Bellator 245 in September 2020 after an unintentional low blow by Fortune left Might unable to proceed.

After the late-notice combat was booked, the strain may very well be felt on-line with trash speak that Might was giving Fortune, vowing to realize revenge from the September bout. But it surely was Fortune who bought the final snicker, as Fortune ended up taking a first-round TKO victory.

Fortune stated Might tried to apologize to him within the cage after the rematch was completed, however he was having no a part of it.

“He created that complete drama behind it by antagonizing me by Instagram, and also you don’t wish to message me to speak,” Fortune stated. “Once I noticed him in individual earlier than the weigh-ins backstage — I’m the sort of individual [where] I’m gonna speak to you and your face, I don’t have something to say to you over Instagram. However once I walked as much as him and we bought Bellator individuals in entrance of us, he don’t wish to say nothing.

“After the combat, he needed to be cool and say, you already know, ‘It’s only a recreation.’ I’m like, ‘Nah, bro. You don’t have to speak s***, you don’t should be making an attempt to make your self into this individual you’re not after which simply apologize for it. You don’t name me a b**** and a p**** after which suppose you’re simply going to apologize and be cool.”

Tyrell Fortune sees win over Matt Mitrione as one that may elevate him to a serious heavyweight participant in Bellator

The win over Might offers Fortune back-to-back wins heading into Bellator 262. A member of the Bellator roster for all of his professional profession stretching again to his November 2016 debut, Fortune has gained all however two of these bouts, the no-contest with Might being a kind of exceptions.

Fortune acknowledges that these circumstances, mixed with Mitrione’s standing as a UFC veteran and the pair’s positioning within the Bellator heavyweight rankings, give this combat much more which means than once they had been initially scheduled.

“Even with Matt being behind me [in the rankings], the title that he carries and the fights that he’s had will certainly assist enhance my recognition and get me up there,” Fortune stated.

And Fortune, who was a champion NCAA-Division II wrestler at Grand Canyon College, believes he has the technique that’ll nab him the win to probably take him to the subsequent stage.

“How I make the most of and arrange my wrestling, and assault his gasoline tank, I believe would be the key to the combat,” he stated.

Ought to he get previous Mitrione, and presumably transfer up into the higher echelon of the heavyweight contenders, Fortune will then look to avenge the opposite blemish on his file — Tim Johnson. Johnson — who just lately fell to Valentin Moldavsky in Bellator’s first interim title combat — scored a first-round knockout of Fortune at Bellator 239 in February 2020.

“All I would like is Tim Johnson,” Fortune stated. “That’s the one loss I’ve bought — the one combat that actually entices me at this level. I imply, clearly, I wish to be the champion, however I really feel like I want that combat first, particularly simply because it’s the one loss on my file.”

Bellator 262 takes place on July 16, 2021, reside from Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, CT. Observe together with FanSided for all of your reside outcomes and highlights.


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