Bellator MMA traveled to Russia for the first time this past Saturday, putting on Bellator 269 from VTB Arena in Moscow. In the main event, legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko scored a big knockout of Tim Johnson to show he still has some life left at age 45. The fight with Johnson was Emelianeko’s first since knocking out Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in December 2019. With the victory, Emelianenko joins the official Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings as the No. 3 heavyweight. He has now won four of his last five fights, with the lone loss coming by knockout to Ryan Bader in the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, a fight that was also for the vacant heavyweight championship.
Johnson, meanwhile, fell two spots from No. 2 to No. 4. The loss is the second in a row for Johnson, previously losing to Valentin Moldavsky in a bout for the interim heavyweight championship in June.